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The Poet of the sofa

At Pash Classics, 2016 is going to be something of the Year of the Sofa. Alongside our established and popular favourites, we’ve recently extended our range with new designs named after some of the world’s most stylish and famous cities.

Many of these are Scandinavian and we urge you have a look at our Stockholm, Malmo, Helsinki, Oslo and Aarhus sofas and chairs, which just ooze minimalist chic.

However, in among these products is something much more idiosyncratic from the same part of the world. The Poet sofa by Finn Juhl is like no other seating design we know. It is upright but also enveloping, modern and stylish but also organic. We love it.

Finn’s father was a textile importer of tweed and similar fabrics, so the luxurious Cashmere feel of the Poet is a texture that would probably have been familiar to him from the earliest age.

He trained as an architect but also became interested in furniture design, producing idiosyncratic designs in small, artisan runs in the 1930s. However, an influential feature about him appeared in the American Interiors magazine in 1948, which lead to him becoming recognised as the man who introduced Danish Modern design to the US.

As a result, demand grew and he soon found himself producing designs of all kinds for the American market, including not just furniture but consumer products including glassware and ceramics and even fridges for General Electric.

A quote is attributed to Finn in the Interiors article that we think makes sense when you look at the Poet sofa: "One cannot create happiness with beautiful objects, but one can spoil quite a lot of happiness with bad ones." It is an unassuming, modest philosophy but one that has real resonance.

Like a lot of modernist designers, Finn experienced a decline in interest in the 1970s but, today, is recognise as a master of mid-century design. You can even visit the Finn Juhl House in Copenhagen, his own home for which many designs including the Poet were created. In our experience, the sofa makes a fine addition to many other homes, too.

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