Børge Mogensen

The Spoke-Back Sofa

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Two of Denmark’s most prolific designers from last century, Børge Mogensen and Hans J. Wegner, were not only friends and school mates, they were colleagues with a mutual passion for simplicity and functionality.

While each one made a name for himself during the Danish Modernism movement, they often collaborated on a number of projects. Back in 1945, the optimism of post Second World War ushered in new opportunities for designers to re-envision a fresh future. Denmark had already established itself as a platform for rising stars to showcase their ideas, with the annual exhibition by the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild.

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Mogensen and Wegner joined forces in creating their idea of “A Home For The Future”. They transformed their stand into a living room, where Mogensen presented a hybrid of a daybed and a chaise longue, with a hinged side. While the Spoke-Back Sofa was acclaimed for its innovative approach, it was considered too sophisticated for post-war tastes. It wasn’t until 1963 that the sofa was put into industrial production.

The Spoke-Back Sofa exemplifies Mogensen's idea of a multi-purpose sofa, with its reclining side for relaxing.