Offered by: H. Gallery
Concordiastraat 68 - 127 Utrecht 3551EM , Netherlands Call Seller 0031302270051


Illum Wikkelsø "V11" Brown Leather Sofa for Holger Christiansen, Denmark 1960s

$ 16,625
  • Description
    This freestanding sofa, better known as “Model V11” is considered among the masterpiece designs of Illum Wikkelsø. The Danish designer created the “V11” series in 1965 whilst working with master cabinetmaker Holger Christiansen in Aarhus.

    Wikkelsø’s three-seater sofa combines a rectangular shape and long lines with rounded out edges. The low back and deep seat give the sofa a modern and elegant look. The solid wood legs are cone-shaped and tapered with straight lines. This contrasts nicely to the otherwise less strict lines that characterize the design. The three loose seat cushions add a lot of depth to the look and highlight the leather’s unique texture and patine, while also guaranteeing sitting comfort. Along with the cushions, the sides, back- and armrests are upholstered in a brown-green leather with beautiful patina.

    The sofa was manufactured by Danish manufacturer Holger Christiansen Møbelfabrik in Aarhus in the 1960s. The leather is in a desirable vintage condition. This model has a good sense of balance and a classic look, which makes it a timeless design.‎

    In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The leather has heavy patina with some marks. Each of our items can be re-upholstered by our in-house atelier in a fabric of choice. Please reach out for more information.

    91.33 in W x 31.88 in D x 26.77 in H; Seat height 15.74 in
    232 cm W x 81 cm D x 68 cm H; Seat height 40 cm

    300 Danske Designmøbler By Per H. Hansen and Klaus Petersen. 2015. Unpaginated.

    About the designer:
    Kristian Illum Wikkelsø (1919-1999), by his full name, is best known for his seating designs. Like most Danish designers at the time, Wikkelsø trained as a carpenter until 1938 and then followed in the footsteps of many of his later colleagues and continued his studies at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts, graduating in 1941.

    In 1944, Wikkelsø moved to Århus to work as an interior designer He was then employed at the carpentry master and architect Jacob Kjær's drawing room and then at Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen’s architectural firm, where he worked until 1954. The same year, Illum Wikkelsø began designing his own furniture and a few years later, he established his own workshop. A number of Danish manufacturers produced Wikkelsø’s designs, such as C.F. Christensen, Holger Christiansen and Søren Willadsen.

    Like many of his Danish contemporaries, including Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, and Hans Wegner, Wikkelsø’s designs emphasize formal simplicity and biomorphic silhouettes. Wikkelsø’s background in cabinetry engendered in him a profound understanding of materials and an excellent attention to detail. Working with teak and rosewood, he captured delicately sculptural forms. Wikkelsø believed that furniture should be built to last while cradling the body and pleasing the eye.

    Though little biographical information survives, the quality of Illum Wikkelsø’s designs affirms his status as an active proponent of Scandinavian modernism in the post-war era. ~H.

    This sofa will be packaged and shipped with the greatest care and attention to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.

    VAT normally applies and will be added to items when purchased by a European buyer or transported to a location within the EU.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Denmark
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Leather
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The leather has heavy patina with some marks. Each of our items can be re-upholstered by our in-house atelier in a fabric of choice.
    Creation Date: 1960s
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Dealer Reference #: 20231690
    Incollect Reference #: 646189
  • Dimensions
    W. 91.34 in; H. 26.77 in; D. 31.89 in;
    W. 232 cm; H. 68 cm; D. 81 cm;
    Seat H. 15.75 in;
    Seat H. 40 cm;
Message from Seller:

Located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, H. Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary design with a strong focus on Brazil and Scandinavia. The gallery strives to preserve and promote especially Brazil's rich design heritage and curates a select group of contemporary artists. Meticulous research, ie getting in contact with the original designers, producers, their heirs, and retrieving and indexing old catalogues and magazines is at the heart of its activities. All works presented excel in great

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