Normann Copenhagen Monday 20 Aug 2012

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 emphasise 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-colored frame, mottled back and cushion and color-lacquered under frame. All in the same color shade. This is what makes Onkel stand as a complete unit.

Simon Legald explains: “As a designer, I am curious about how the materials work together with the idea. Onkel is a sofa that was derived of a dialogue between craftsmanship 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 is a recognisably Nordic design and comes in five colour versions upholstered with fabrics from Gabriel.

Size: Side height: 40cm; depth: 80cm; seat depth: 63cm; length: 235cm

Colours: Dark grey, light grey, purple, blue, yellow

Material: Frame: Fame fabric from Gabriel; cushion and back: Step Melange fabric from Gabriel; underframe: lacquered wood

Price: GBP 2760