Architect Flemming Lassen (1902–1984) was a modernist and played an active role in bringing the functionalist movement to Denmark. Flemming Lassen worked closely with Arne Jacobsen on several award-winning projects, but his greatest source of international acclaim is his furniture, which is still fetching record prices at auctions around the world.
By Lassen is now relaunching Flemming Lassen’s sofa design from 1935, naming it Vilhelm in honour of Flemming Lassen’s father, the sign writer Hans Vilhelm Lassen. Vilhelm is a beautiful padded three-seater with the soft curves and taut expression that are typical of Flemming Lassen’s design expression. The Danish architect and designer mastered the balance between the minimalist and the voluminous in designs that challenged conventions. A visionary modernist, Flemming Lassen created architecture and furniture that were ahead of their time.
The rounded corners frame the sofa perfectly and make it possible to place the sofa in the middle of a room. The shape invites flow and life to unfold around the sofa, and the stylish gentleman strikes a handsome figure, also when seen from the back. The back and armrest are tufted with a total of 24 little buttons, a beautiful and unpretentious detail that only makes the sofa more charming.
The sofa was designed and put into production the same year as Flemming Lassen’s iconic easy chair The Tired Man, which holds the record as the most expensive easy chair ever sold at auction in Denmark. The sofa accepted the challenge, and in 2018, it fetched DKK 610,000, making it the most expensive sofa ever sold at a Danish auction. There is considerable interest in Flemming Lassen’s design, both in Denmark and abroad. All over the world, design enthusiasts keep a close lookout for works by the Danish architect and designer, and his furniture is extremely highly rated.
Vilhelm has won the prestigious award the German Design Award 2021 in the category – Excellent Product Design.
The Vilhelm sofa is upholstered in fabrics and leathers from by Lassen’s own collection, which features selected fabrics from Kvadrat and leather from CAMO Leathers. The model shown here is by Lassen’s signature sofa with bouclé fabric in the colour Sacho Zero 001 with buttons in vegetal leather.
It is possible to combine two different fabrics or colours, including buttons in a different colour or in leather, as shown. The seat cushion features pocket springs with multi-layer foam padding for a firm, stable comfortable seat.
The legs are made of heartwood and available in either soap-finished oak or smoked oak.
PRICES FROM DKK 44,999 TO 124,995. Featured model with leather buttons: DKK 47,499.