The story of the Danish Style Sofa.

KAARE KLINT - MODEL 4035 - 1929 - Rud Rasmussen

An example is owned by the Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen. The grandaddy of most danish design. One can see the influence he had on many designer after.

OLE WANSCHER - 1960 - A.J. Iversen

Not far behind Klint, they were friends and Wanscher studied under him.

ARNE VODDER - 1959 - Nielaus


What we would term the classic danish sofa design was by Borge Mogensen for Frederica. It was designed in 1963 for Frederica 2213 series who still produce them at a price of £7500. This my seem an awful lot for a sofa, but they use the best quality leather, down filled cushion and solid mahogany frame. It is true quality. Vintage would still set you back around £3000.

GEORGE THAMS - Vejen Polstermøbelfabrik - 1970


The closest to the Borge Mogensen design, they are hand made, using again the best material, aniline leather, goose filled cushions. Retails at £3000 or vintage around £1000. Hard to say when they started producing theirs.

Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik - EJ 260 - EJ315-2

Denmark has been the home of a good number of top furniture designers like Erik Jørgensen. He founded his family business in 1954 and still produces furniture designs which are true to Erik Jørgensen designs. These days the Erik Jørgensen furniture company is considered to be one of the top providers of designer sofa's & chairs. The company also has an annual EJ design award to help the new generation of furniture designers integrate into the trade.


Slight variations on the design - but still of high quality and design.

There are some classic designs used in furniture building that have become very well known. Among some of the classic styles you will find the danish couch. This particular design is made in a very rectangular shape with square seat cushions. The Danish have been praised for their modern designs in furniture as well as for their sturdy construction. You can find many pieces of Danish furniture in museums that showcase some of the more originally designed pieces. Their couch design is created in either a traditional two arm style or with one arm rest and one open end.
The frame used in creating a danish style sofa is often made of wood. In some of the more elegant or formal designs the wood will be covered with fabric that is padded on the back section. The fabric coverings are available in assorted materials as well as in various colors and prints. A very contemporary style uses a sleek wood base sanded to a smooth finish. The backrest section is covered in black leather with a filling placed between the wood and the leather material. The seat cushions are created as separate items that are also covered in leather. This particular couch works well when used in today’s modern designed rooms.
In the category of the Danish sofas you will also see some variations on their modern couch that have the item made as a chaise style of couch. This item will also have the wood frame, but will have the back section placed along one end with the arm extending part way along the elongated side. The modern design has the wood in strips or rails so the back is formed by using spindles to create a rail style of back section. This chaise uses a separate cushion to provide comfort for sitting on the hard wood base.
In addition to the classic designs there are also several fun styles of the Danish piece. The covering can come in a interesting animal print that can be used to enhance the décor of a rustically themed room or a cabin. Some of the newer styles are made as sofa beds that easily convert to create additional sleeping space. The new styles can also be found in the new synthetic materials used to imitate the look and feel of genuine suede or leather. Some Danish style sofas are made to coordinate with similarly designed chairs so you can purchase both items to create a professionally designed room. If you are looking for some interesting modern furniture pieces you might like the styles found in the Danish lines.

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