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Eva and Nils Koppel Three-Seater Sofa "Koppel", Denmark 1950s

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin Denmark
Period 1950-1979
Materials Wood, Bouclé Fabric, Beech
W. 69.69 in; H. 33.86 in; D. 30.12 in;
W. 177 cm; H. 86 cm; D. 76.5 cm;
Seat H. 19.29 in;
Seat H. 49 cm;
Condition Good. Recently reupholstered in premium bouclé fabric.
Creation Date 1950s
Description This three-seater sofa has the best characteristics of Danish mid-century modern design. Its comfort and delicate design elements make this three-seater the most coveted work of Eva and Nils Koppel.

The stair-like gradation of the armrests starts from the top of the backrest and extends to the seat, creating a continuous and flowing line. The rounded-out edges contribute to the soft feel of the sofa, which is complimented by the unique legs that appear to gently clasp the body. The back legs are slightly tilted to support the lightly elevated seat.

The stained beech frame and legs have their original wooden appearance that is paired with the light coloured linen bouclé fabric of the upholstery. This pairing gives an elegant, yet understated look to this Koppel model.

About the designer:

Eva Koppel, born Eva Ditlevsen (1916-2006) and Nils Adolf Koppel (1914-2009) were a Danish functionalist architect couple who characterized the post-war era and the public building of the welfare society.

Nils and Eva Koppel met during their shared lectures at the Danish Polytechnic Teaching Institute in 1935, where Eva studied mathematics and Nils studied engineering. The same year, they applied to the Academy of the Arts' School of Architecture, where they were both admitted. The year after, in 1936, they got married.

During their studies between 1938 and 1939, they worked together in Finland at Alvar Aalto's design studio. In 1940, they had their first child and the following year they both graduated from the School of Architecture. Since Nils Koppel's father was Jewish, in 1943 they had to flee because of the Jewish persecution. They fled to Finland and resumed working at Aalto's design studio. In the years following the war, the couple designed a number of single-family homes, and set up a home of their own in 1946. Initially, they erected houses for family and friends, designed wallpaper, chairs, watches, light fixtures, and other art-industrial objects.

In 1954, their joint studio won the architectural competition for the Langelinie Pavilion, which was erected in 1958 and has been preserved. The pavilion's rigorous shape, slim profiles and its design as a 'floating' box are indebted to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's school and the international style. The couple got their first big task in 1954 via family relations: The settlement Søllerød Park. Their house design managed to preserve the scenic parkland, and is now one of the great architectural classics for this time period.

The Koppel couple has received numerous awards and honours, including: The Wood Prize 1960, the Natural Stone Prize 1966 and the Eckersberg Medal 1955. Nils Koppel was also awarded the Knud V. Engelhardt Scholarship 1951. ~H.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Dealer Reference Number 20190308
Incollect Reference Number 370768
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