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Mid-Century Danish "Banana" Sofa Upholstered in Velour, Denmark ca 1940s

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This beautiful Danish three-seater sofa recalls the Art Deco style of the 1930s with the recognizable touch of Danish Modernism. Thanks to its elegantly curved shape, this type of sofa is often referred to as the “banana” style, which not only creates an intimate gathering place but also defines the look of the home: warm, cosy and never goes out of style. Apart from the visual appearance, the exquisite craftsmanship of this sofa echoes Art Deco as well. Over time, Danish Modern design produced in the last century has come to impart a sense of resistance to faddism. Its forms draw users back to the idea of design as intelligent problem-solving rather than vapid styling. Still, many of the well-known Danish architects felt the urge to try their hands at “Nordic Art Deco”, even though the style’s focus on luxury and decorative elements is in its nature in opposition to the ideas behind Danish design and constitutes a creative contradiction to the period’s streamlined modernism. Nevertheless, in combination with the unadorned style of Danish mid-century modern design, this sofa brings together the best of both styles. The beautiful, defining curve of the body is accentuated by the velour upholstery with a stylish colour that really makes this model pop. The short, stained wood feet in the front are round while the back legs are tapered and straight. This combination adds that modern, organic feel, balancing out the voluptuous profile of the sofa. As it can be expected from a Danish cabinetmaker’s work, the masterful sense of proportions, the curved back and the soft seat of this sofa guarantee functionality and comfort. Like most banana sofas, this three-seater model is a true statement piece with the best visual and structural qualities of Danish modernism overlapping. Condition: In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The sofa has been reupholstered recently in a premium velour fabric. Each of our items can be re-upholstered by our in-house atelier in a fabric of choice. Dimensions: 79.53 in W x 40.94 in D x 30.32 in H; Seat height 19.69 in 202 cm W x 104 cm D x 77 cm H; Seat height 50 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. Shipping: This sofa will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 30.32 in (77 cm)Width: 79.53 in (202 cm)Depth: 40.95 in (104 cm)Seat Height: 19.69 in (50 cm)
  • Style:
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1940s
  • Condition:
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. The sofa has been reupholstered recently in a premium velour 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.
  • Seller Location:
    Utrecht, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 202106351stDibs: LU2947330000762
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