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1960s Sofa by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm for Kill International

Documentation Signed
Origin Denmark
Period 1950-1979
Materials Leather Upholstery, Chrome Metal.
W. 31.5 in; H. 29.53 in; D. 85.04 in;
W. 80 cm; H. 75 cm; D. 216 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1960's
Description In stock: 1

Amazing quality sofa designed by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm, manufactured by Kill International in Denmark, circa 1960.

This stunning piece is newly upholstered in the best cognac leather. It has a very well-crafted chrome metal base, all together giving it an eye-catching appearance that would make a great addition to any modern interior. The cushions are stuffed with high quality down, making it very comfortable as well.

In great condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.

Inspired by the 1920s functionalistic pioneers and the 1960s innovative Scandinavian language of form, Fabricius & Kastholm designed a range of Minimalist furniture that in recent years has enjoyed a Renaissance in the consumers’ hearts and homes. Fabricius was trained as a cabinetmaker by Niels Vodder before attending the School for Interior Design where he studied under Finn Juhl. It was there that he met the blacksmith Jørgen Kastholm. They had a common approach to furniture design, never wanting to compromise on aesthetics. In 1961, the pair set up a design studio in a Gentofte cellar without any firm arrangements with manufacturers. In 1965, they exhibited at the furniture fair in Fredericia where the German furniture manufacturer Alfred Kill noticed their work. Kill had a reputation for high quality but initially Favricius and Kastholm were not keen to design furniture for factory production. Only when Kill offered them DM 2,500 a month each, with no preconditions, did they agree to work for him. They travelled to Stuttgart with their first designs for production in Kill’s factory in nearby Fellbach. Their international breakthrough came at the Cologne Fair in 1966 when they exhibited a whole series of office and home furniture leading to orders from ten large furniture concerns. Their minimalistic designs, both attractive and comfortable, were usually in steel and leather. The tulip chair, the grasshopper chair and the scimitar chair are among their most successful works. The pieces of furniture they produced during their seven-year period of cooperation from 1961 to 1968 were so distinctive that many are still produced today as classics. As a result of disagreements, the pair decided to terminate their cooperation in 1968. Fabricius was awarded the Illum Prize (1969) and, together with Jørgen Kastholm, the first German Gute Form prize for their FK Tulip chair (1969).
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Incollect Reference Number 277444
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