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OW149-2 Colo­nial Sofa

by Ole Wanscher
for Carl Hansen & Søn

OW149-2 Colo­nial Sofa

by Ole Wanscher
for Carl Hansen & Søn

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The OW149-2 Colo­nial sofa designed by Olé Wanscher for Carl Hansen & Søn has been recently rein­tro­duced along with the Colo­nial chair and the Colo­nial coffee table. The launch restores the Colo­nial as a furni­ture series in which Wanscher’s mini­mal­ist, func­tional approach is at the center of a complete story told through a unified visual expression.

The OW149-2 Colo­nial sofa features a rela­tively simple lattice construc­tion, its elements support­ing one another. The double center legs provide the neces­sary strength while the sofas slender dimen­sions are kept minimal. Despite their sculp­tured form, the indi­vid­ual compo­nents come together in simple joints, as no two surfaces lie on the same plane. All the design tran­si­tions are visu­ally well defined. The front and back legs are made of round timber, while the armrest cross-sections form slender ellipses that taper into a refined curved profile. The sophis­ti­cated, slightly curved armrests rise to a point before taking a verti­cal turn down­wards – a well-known feature of Wanscher’s design.

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Ole Wanscher

Denmark (1903–1985)

Danish furniture designer and professor Ole Wanscher is considered one of the leading designers in the Scandinavian furniture tradition. His classic, minimalist approach played a key role in establishing the international reputation of Danish furniture craftsmanship in the postwar era. Wanscher is especially renowned for his Colonial Chair (1949) and his Egyptian Chair (1957) – pieces that showcase his penchant for minimalist design with slender proportions and a respect for natural materials.

Ole Wanscher’s academic background allowed him to combine his knowledge of architecture with practical furniture design and craftsmanship. He drew a great deal of inspiration from his countless trips to Egypt and throughout Europe. This passion led him to write several books on the topic, including “Møbelkunstens Historie i Oversigt” (“Historical Overview of Furniture Design,” 1941) and “Møblets Æstetik” (“The Aesthetics of Furniture,” 1985). Over the course of his long career, Wanscher received many grants and honors, including Knight, First Class, of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog. Today, Wanscher’s designs are considered modern classics, notable for their rarely seen degree of detail and deep respect for the chosen materials. The minimalist interpretation of classic shapes according to modern needs for functionality was characteristic of his design approach. Ole Wanscher’s furniture radiates a subdued elegance that is simultaneously timeless, classic and thoroughly modern.

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