The Stylish Onkel Sofa by Simon Legald
Sometimes a design doesn’t have to be completely original or new to be impressive. It’s enough to take an old idea and use it in a new context or to revive it using a different technique. A good example would be this sofa. It’s called Onkel which translates as “uncle” in Danish. The name is somewhat suggestive for the story of this sofa.
The Onkel sofa was designed by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen. It has a design that represents a combination between simplicity, modernity and old charm. There are two sides of the design that seem contrasting in their essence but that combined form a harmonious structure. On one hand, the outer shell of the sofa is firm and simple. On the other hand, the cushions are soft, comfy and inviting. The difference of styles is visible even when the two parts are out together in a cohesive structure. But this is what makes the sofa stand out.
The simple frame is a characteristic of the Nordic design and so are the materials and texture. The cushions are reminiscent of the pre 1950s era. These are two completely different styles coming from two different worlds. The contrast is mostly visible in the way the back cushions are encapsulated by the frame. The result is a dynamic and elegant piece of furniture with a very cohesive look. The frame, the cushions are even the under frame feature the same color and thus form a complete unit that stands out.