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No. 1 Sofa - 3-seater

By Fredericia

£5,046.00

  • Description

    No.1 was the first sofa series Børge Mogensen designed when he became Fredericia’s house designer in 1955. Fused with his signature minimalist aesthetic and elements typical of the 1950s, along with new functional details such as removable and interchangeable cushions. The result is a design that invokes a familiar, yet distinctly personal character that has proven to transcend ever-changing trends.
    With No. 1, for the first time Mogensen used the combination of a tightly upholstered frame with loose inner cushions in both the seat and back. This was done in an attempt to create more tangible construction.

    The contrast between the rigid frame and soft seat and back cushions adds a new layer of functionality to the design as a whole, as the cushions can easily be removed for cleaning and maintenance.

    No. 1 was first presented in 1955 at the Danish International Furniture Fair, which was held annually in our hometown of Fredericia, Denmark. The sofa was Børge Mogensen’s first piece for Fredericia Furniture, and it marked the beginning of his close collaboration with us.

    In 1972 Børge Mogensen and Fredericia CEO Andreas Graversen together received the Danish Furniture Prize for their joint contribution to Danish furniture design - beginning with the No.1 sofa.

  • Technical Info

    Dimension:
    L:206 x H:83 x D:86 (seat height:42cm)

    Materials:
    Frame: Oiled oak or stained smoked oak

    For more options of wooden construction or upholstery materials and colours please contact our web team or one of our stores.

  • Designer
    Børge Mogensen

    Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) started his career as a cabinetmaker in 1934. In 1936 he went on to study at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts under Professor Kaare Klint before entering the Royal Academy of Fine Arts from where he graduated as an architect in 1942.

    He became head of design at FDB (the Danish Co-Op) in 1942 before establishing his own design office in 1950.

    During his years at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts the young Mogensen developed a close partnership with his mentor Kaare Klint and subsequently also assumed Klint's approach to simple and functional furniture design. Later on Mogensen was to work as Klint's teaching assistant at the Royal Academy.

    Functional is the word which best describes Børge Mogensen's design. The majority of his furniture was designed with industrial production in mind and is characterized by strong and simple lines. His true genius is to be found in his almost scientific analysis of the functionality of a piece of furniture.

    A smaller but essential part of Mogensen's work was the cabinetmade pieces, one of them being "The Hunting chair" from 1950 made by Erhard Rasmussen. A simple low easy chair with an oak frame from where the strong natural leather seat and back is stretched.

    Other important pieces include "The Spokeback Sofa" designed in 1945, which with its lightness and simple, open construction differed from most sofas at the time, and "The Spanish Chair" from 1959, a low, robust easy chair

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  • Delivery

    10-12 weeks
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£5,046.00
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