Bodil Kjaer Black Leather Three Seater Sofa
Bodil Kjaer for Hovedstadens Møbelfabrik, sofa model 71, leather and metal, Denmark, 1959.
A signature piece of Bodil Kjaer, designed in 1959. Kjaer designed this sofa together with a lounge chair for for use in public spaces of contemporary architecture. Back then, well-known architects placed these pieces in their buidlings, such as Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer. This sofa is executed in thick black leather and steel. The seat and back are smoothly upholstered and complement the steel frame wonderfully. Overall, the straight flat brushed steel frame enhances the straight, sharp lines of the seat. This combination is typical for Danish design as it is quintessential Modernist. The sofa is comfortable and modest in its design and is finished at the back with the same thick leather meaning that it can be used as a freestanding piece. The leather is in good overall condition but does show minor signs of age and use due to the age of this sofa, especially on the armrests. Mainly the leather of the seat cushions are nicely patinated.
Bodil Kjaer (1932-) is trained as an architect and is known mostly known for her designs in noble woods combined with a modern and sleek chrome base. The most important part of her furniture design career was from 1959-1964. She is mainly recognized for her flexible office furniture, designed in the 1960s. Her design language is greatly inspired by the Modernist masters such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Her furniture has been greatly used in public buildings such as Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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