Sofa by Normann Copenhagen that combines the simplicity of modern forms with the soft curves of the olden days
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. To emphasise the merger of two completely different worlds of expression, the back cushion has been elegantly encapsulated by the frame.
The Onkel sofa is a recognizably Nordic design available in a two and three seat version.
The inspiration for the cushions derives from the more bombastic upholstered sofas typical of the pre-1950s era.
Simon has revived old craftsmanship techniques and used them in a new context. In doing this, the details add character to Onkel.
The Onkel sofa consists of a simple, upholstered frame with cushions. 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 graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the summer of 2012. His work consists of both small- and large scale products. Simon’s designs are often created in a dialogue between craftsmanship and industry. He also likes to incorporate the techniques that are necessary for the structure of a product into the design by highlighting them visually.
“Honesty is what makes a product understandable and is what describes the products functionality. If you understand the product, it doesn’t need any explanation. The essence of my design is for it to be bought and used. Therefore it has to satisfy not only the functional aspects, but also the psychological and aesthetic needs. For me simplicity describes the true identity of objects and makes them trustworthy. In my design I try not to add any unnecessary details. I work with simplicity by highlighting the necessities instead of hiding them. It gives the product a simple and honest expression.”
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