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DESIGN Finn Juhl
YEAR 1950, relaunched in 2007
Frame: Light grey, bended frame in powder coated steel tube
W: 192 cm
D: 80 cm
H: 102 cm
Seat height: 37 cm
Finn Juhl featured this sofa in several of his interior design projects such as Villa Aubertin in Denmark, which he designed in 1952, and in the museum Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustri-museum in Trondheim, Norway. At the museum, he was commissioned to design a showroom with modern furniture and crafts representing a modern 1952 interior style.
Finn Juhl’s extravagantly upholstered chairs and sofas from the 1940s and early 1950s are deeply original. No other furniture designer has so radically expressed the surrealistic sculptural shapes that dominated this time, as a parallel to the trends reigning on the art scene.
The Wall Sofa from 1950 is not only an excellent example of Finn Juhl’s inspiration from the so-called free art of his time, but also his boundary-crossing ambition to defy gravity and create movement. The asymmetrical, excessively upholstered backrest almost floats like a cloud by René Magritte above the also levitating seat carried by an almost invisible frame. The unusually shaped back is well-suited for the human body and facilitates several comfortable ways to sit.
The sofa is upholstered by hand in fabric. The painted frame in powder coated steel tube is mounted to the wall, hence the name of the sofa.