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Spoke-back sofa

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  • Description

    The Mogensen family spent the summer of 1945 in a summer cottage with the Wegner family. This first summer after the Occupation years was wet and damp – fortunately, for Børge Mogensen spent the time designing his first classic item of furniture.

    With its unpretentious design, The Spokeback Sofa is completely bared from every angle - even the cushions are attached with visible straps. Typical for Mogensen, the joints are extremely fine, needing closer inspection to see how the different parts are fused together. The sophistication is in the detail.

    With its reclining side, and the characteristic leather straps, the sofa in time became one of Mogensen's most popular models. The inventive combination of a classic two-seater sofa with the English daybed and the French chaise longue was too sophisticated for post-war tastes, however, and the sofa was not put into production until 1963. Since then, it has been copied endlessly.

    The cushions are easy to replace when worn, or fashions change. Once you have a Spokeback Sofa, you own a sofa for life. It is available in oak or beech, and with white or black-pigmented lacquer.

  • Technical Info

    Model no. 1789
    L:160/197 x D:76.5 x H:86 cm (Seat height: 40cm)

    Options: soap treated and oiled oak

    For more options for wooden finish or upholstery, 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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    • Canvas 174
    • Rime 151
    • Rime 641
    • Rime 791
    • Sunniva 132 with leather (90) buttons

    • Oiled Oak
    • Soaptreated oak

  • Delivery

    8-10 weeks
    Made to order item

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