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.
29.1" h x 60.6" w x 26.8" d (74x154x68cm)
Sheepskin, oak veneer
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Among the fathers of Functionalism— the modernist movement where form is driven by the undecorated materials and the purpose of the object—brothers Mogens and Flemming Lassen contributed to the Danish Modern style as architects and furniture designers, highly awarded during life and their early pieces now command stratospheric prices at auction. With such a proud legacy, Søren Lassen (Mogens’ grandson) launched By Lassen in 2008 to reintroduce both his grandfathers’ iconic work along with new pieces by Søren, a notable designer in his own right.
The Kubus series, introduced upon the company’s 10th anniversary, is in keeping with the movement his forebearers championed, minimalist and geometric in form and modern in making: it is sustainably produced with up to 95% recycled steel at By Lassen's factory in Holstebro, Denmark. Of course, 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 Søren, who has also made it his mission for the house to offer pieces from other rising talent that reflects the By Lassen design language, “as beacons of the Danish design tradition that has inspired so many design talents.”