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Frits Henningsen Mahogany Frame Sofa

$7,800

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Elegant and rare 3-seat neoclassical sofa designed and manufactured by Frits Henningsen for cabinet maker Rud Rasmussen. High quality and sculptural example constructed from solid mahogany. Upholstered in damask silk.

Details

  • Creator
    Frits Henningsen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 77.75 in. (197.49 cm)Depth: 30.25 in. (76.84 cm)Seat Height: 16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1930s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Frame in very good original condition with nice warm even color. Was likely reupholstered within the last 20 years. Shows some fading on seat, but generally clean with minimal small stains. The back is covered in black decking over older upholstery.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU800216408971

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  • Shipping
    Ships From: Brooklyn, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Frits Henningsen

Danish cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen never compromised on quality. His furniture is known for its impeccable craftsmanship, and unlike many designers of his day, Henningsen — a dogged perfectionist — rarely permitted any of his pieces to be built outside of his own workshop. Each of his elegant low-profile tables, chairs and sofas feature the clean lines and graceful curves typically associated with vintage mid-century modern and Scandinavian modern furniture.

Henningsen was born in 1889 and apprenticed as a cabinetmaker in the early 1900s. He was mentored by the well-known and respected cabinetmaker I.P. Mørck and completed his apprenticeship at the age of 22. Henningsen also studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where one of his teachers was legendary furniture designer Kaare Klint, who is frequently called the father of Danish modernism. Henningsen saw Klint as a friendly rival, which motivated him to refine his craftsmanship and technique.

Henningsen traveled throughout Germany, France, and Great Britain to gather knowledge, experience and inspiration. He returned to Copenhagen in 1915 and set up a furniture store and workshop to create and sell his own designs. He also developed relationships with Rud Rasmussen and Carl Hansen & Søn, the only furniture manufacturers he trusted to produce his designs.

Bucking the angular and geometric furniture trends of the time, Henningsen embraced fluid and organic forms. Much of his inspiration came from the Rocco, French Empire and British 17th-century styles he encountered on his travels. The 1930 Heritage chair is a prime example of these influences. It features soft, curving lines and has a sophisticated appeal. Another piece that showcases Henningsen’s style and craftsmanship is the 1952 Signature chair. A striking work that features an inviting curved seat atop sinuous carved wood legs, the Signature chair was his last design.

The straightforward and timeless style of Henningsen furniture continues to enjoy popularity today. In fact, in 2015, Carl Hansen & Son rereleased the iconic Signature chair.

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