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


Upholstered Danish Cabinetmaker Banana Sofa, Denmark 1940s

$ 13,775
  • Description
    Danish modern style – it is uncomplicated, sophisticated, playful, and timeless. Form follows function, and high-quality, natural materials bring lightness and warmth. These are the basic principles of the era’s furniture design, and therefore of this three-seater sofa as well.

    This Danish banana sofa wraps itself around the sitter who is supported by the wonderfully well-made frame. The generous sized profile accentuates the defining, streamlined curve of the body with an essentially modern design. As this sofa showcases, utility and style are not two different categories in Scandinavian mid-century design. The shape encompasses a minimalist aesthetic that mirrors the proportions of the human body. The crescent-shaped body is designed to bring people closer together to create a cosy atmosphere, which is a core concept in Danish culture that translates in its designs as well. The short sphere legs further add to the cosy look by utilizing the most traditional material of Scandinavia, wood. The feet add just the right amount of organic charm to the sofa. The design, from the curving lines to the wood and luxurious upholstery, not only creates an intimate gathering place but also defines the look of a home.

    Visually, this three-seater sofa represents Nordic modernism in a couple of ways: it rejects the traditional elements of styles of the past, such as heavy ornamentation and visual historicism. The sheepskin upholstery stands out, but even with the stylish button tufting, it isn’t loud. Instead, it adds to the modern elegance and cosiness of this sofa.

    In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The sofa has been reupholstered recently in a premium fabric. Each of our items can be re-upholstered by our in-house atelier in a fabric of choice. Please reach out for more information.

    75.59 in W x 43.7 in D x 28.34 in H; Seat height 15.55 in
    192 cm W x 111 cm D x 72 cm H; Seat height 39.5 cm

    About the designer:
    This Danish-made sofa reflects the core traditions and ideals of Danish design, while recalling the shapes of the Art Deco movement. What both movements valued highly is the highest level of craftsmanship and attention to details.

    Mid-century pieces such as this sofa were of great design, using fantastic wood like teak or beech. The mid-century was the heyday of the production by master craftsmen. Mid-century Danish design is world-famous for the partnership between designer and manufacturer, resulting in ground-breaking creations. The Danish design idiom was centred on warm woods, quality fabrics and gentle yet robust support for the spine - qualities that engender contentment and well-being, a defining characteristic of Danish culture. The “Great Danes” believed furniture should be shorn of aesthetic detail and be an amalgam of form and function. A master cabinet-maker is not a carpenter, as this was a rare breed of craftsman who had to be recognized by the Danish government after several years of toiling at his craft, as well as having to ace gruelling design competitions before becoming a master cabinet-maker.

    Since Denmark was a special instance of tempered industrialization, it managed to preserve sound traditions and continue to safeguard values of craftsmanship, materiality and usability. Today, Danish furniture is sought after by collectors for classic looks, storied designs and solid quality, works that are truly soulful and timeless. ~H.

    This sofa will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the item in the gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
  • More Information
    Origin: Denmark
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Fabric, Wood
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The sofa has been reupholstered recently in a premium fabric.
    Creation Date: 1940
    Styles / Movements: Collectible Design, Mid Century, Scandinavian Modern
    Dealer Reference #: 20221067
    Incollect Reference #: 555888
  • Dimensions
    W. 75.59 in; H. 28.35 in; D. 43.7 in;
    W. 192 cm; H. 72 cm; D. 111 cm;
    Seat H. 15.55 in;
    Seat H. 39.5 cm;
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