Zipping through Europe in the '30s on his motorcycle, Danish architect Flemming Lassen conceived his aptly named Mingle Sofa, an amalgam of French elegance and Italian brio. He wanted to create a resting spot made for conversation, with armrests that were designed to encircle the sitters and encourage an air of intimacy. Now faultlessly reintroduced by the Copenhagen family brand By Lassen, the compact sofa is upholstered in cozy natural sheepskin with solid oak legs.
31.1" h x 59.8" w x 26.7" d (79x152x68cm)
Sheepskin, oak veneer
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Renowned Danish brother architects Mogens and Flemming Lassen created their works separately but share an iconic design legacy that was rekindled in 2008 with the founding of By Lassen. Headed by Søren Lassen—the grandson of Mogens—the Danish family business focuses on relaunching the iconic furnishings created by Mogens (1901-1987) and Flemming (1902-1984) that in their lifetime were only suggested in sketches or alternatively produced as singular pieces or prototypes, several for the yearly Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition in Copenhagen, and subsequently consigned to the architects’ own homes and later commanding stratospheric prices at auction.
Søren Lassen is also a notable designer in his own right, inaugurating his Kubus series for the company’s 10th anniversary in 2018. He has also introduced pieces from other young talent that reflects the functionalist style of his forebears with clean lines and a geometric design language. Mogen’s minimalist but voluptuous seating proportions live on in pieces like the Tired Man armchair and Wilhelm sofa while Flemming, inspired by an early encounter with Le Corbusier in Paris, took a more angular route with output like his aptly named Frame storage range. “It is By Lassen’s vision to share the Lassen brothers’ legacy with the coming generations,” says the founder, “as beacons of the Danish design tradition that has inspired so many design talents.”