Simon Legald, 2013
Onkel (the Danish word for Uncle) is a sofa that combines the simplicity of modern forms with the soft curves of the olden days. The outer shell of the sofa has a firm expression, while the cushions are comfortable and inviting. The choice of materials adds a sensuous side with its characteristically Nordic connotations.
The Onkel sofa consists of a simple, upholstered frame with cushions. The inspiration for the cushions derives from the more bombastic upholstered sofas typical of the pre-1950s era. To emphasize the merger of two completely different worlds of expression, the back cushion has been elegantly encapsulated by the frame. The materials in Onkel create a dynamic effect with its plain-coloured frame, mottled back and cushion and colour-lacquered underframe. All in the same colour shade. This is what makes Onkel stand as a complete unit.
Designer Simon Legald explains: “As a designer, I am curious about how the materials work together with the idea. Onkel is a sofa that was borne of a dialogue between trade and industry. In creating Onkel, I have revived old craftsmanship techniques and used them in a new context. In doing this, the details add character to Onkel.”
Onkel consists of a solid wooden frame with Nozaq springs and HR 50 cold foam on the seat. On the backrest a softer cold foam is used for added comfort. The legs are made of ash wood lacquered to match in color.
2 Seater/ Height: 87 cm, Length: 185 cm, Depth: 80 cm, Weight: 69 kg
3 Seater/Height: 87 cm, Length: 235 cm, Depth: 80 cm, Weight: 88 kg
Seat Height: 40 cm
Frame: Lacquered Ash Wood
Filling: HR Foam, Nozaq Springs
Outer Shell: Gabriel - Fame or Sørensen Leather
Cushions: Gabriel - Step Melange or Sørensen Leather