Little Petra lounge chair (VB1)
design Viggo Boesen, 1938
Initially introduced back in 1938, Little Petra won instant praise at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition, subsequently winning awards at exhibits in New York and Berlin. It’s one of just a few designs by architect Viggo Boesen, who became associated with Denmark’s signature design aesthetic in the 1930s called funkis style. Like Finn Juhl, Viggo Boesen liked the round and organic shapes, thus asserting himself as a radical counterpoint to the cold and slightly disembodied nature of the Bauhaus.
Named Little Petra by Boesen’s mother-in-law in reference to its compactness and expressiveness. Low to the ground, open and embracing, Little Petra is an extremely comfortable lounge chair, allowing for all kinds of seating positions. Respecting Boesen’s love of cabinetmaking and noble materials, the legs of the chair have been crafted in oak or walnut.
Dimensions L81 x D83 x H75 – seating depth 55 cm – seating height 40 cm
Materials HR foam, polyester-wadding + upholstery of your choice
Wood white oiled oak or oiled walnut – legs fitted with felt glides as standard
> 2 colours available
sheepskin Sahara + walnut
sheepskin Moonlight + oak
sheepskin Moonlight + walnut
Hallingdal colour 130 + oak
Hallingdal colour 130 + walnut
Karakorum colour 003 + oak
Karakorum colour 003 + walnut
customize your Little Petra
from 2850 €
Viggo Boesen is a relatively little known architect who contributed to Denmark’s signature design aesthetic in the 1930s. In particular, his work reflected Scandinavian ‘Funkis’ style, a Nordic take on Art Deco. In contrast to massproduced materials and the less-is-more approach from the Bauhaus school of thought, Boesen brought a soft, warm and almost naive aspect to design, ushering in new forms of upholstered furniture.
Only a few of his designs were ever produced, yet Boesen’s original ideas, organic shapes and expressive design lingo were precursors to Denmark’s subsequent stance on modernism in the decades that followed.