Børge Mogensen and sofa’s: that is an intruiging combination. Mogensen’s most famous sofa design is of course his 2213 in leather for Fredericia, which he specifically designed for his home in Gentofte, placed between the two tables that dictated the measurements of this sofa. But Mogensen designed many more sofa’s. It’s no exaggeration to say he tried to reduce the very concept of a sofa to its essence. The 2218, also for Fredericia, is a design from 1960, which was also available as an incredible four-seater (2219). In about the same period Mogensen designed the 2217 and at the end of the 60’s the 2263, both variations on the same theme of functionalist design.
Functionalist design is often misunderstood. It does not mean a neglect of beauty, but an attempt to reveal the beauty of the form and material of a piece of furniture. I have to admit that I had to get used to this way of thinking and looking. But this sofa convinced me. It’s beauty, reduced to its very essence.
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