Pine 'Lovo' Sofa by Axel Einar HjorthBy Axel Einar Hjorth, read more.
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About this piece
Designed by Axel Einar Hjorth
For Nordiska Kompaniet
Of bold construction and character, using solid stained pine sections with trestle end stretchers with large mortice and tenon joints, with a hinged hidden storage compartment beneath the seat. Recently re-upholstered with seat and back single cushions in RU Lotus Velvet (4194)
Sweden, circa 1930
Part of the serially produced ‘Lovo’ Collection intended for the summer houses of his design, the sofa is a fine example of the aesthetic mix of modernism and provisional handicraft espoused by Hjorth during the 1930’s. These (usually unlabelled) pieces were named after Stockholm’s archipelago islands, including Bli- dö, Sandhamn, Toro and Lovö.
The use of the solid stained pine, and details such as the large mortise and tenon joints, are fabulously distinct in style, material and character, giving the sofa an indigenous Swedish feel while cleverly introducing the pure functionalism of international modernism. Unlike many of his contemporaries Hjorth did not conform to the socially-oriented ideas produced by Svensk Form (the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) and was happy to utilise aesthetics to his required purpose, in this case the production of relaxing interiors for the holiday homes of the middle classes.
H 77cm x W 200cm x D 78cm
H 30½" x W 78¾" x D 30¾"
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