The design for the Mayor sofa was imagined for the Søllerød City Hall, which was built between 1939 and1942 as part of a overall design where Arne Jacobsen was the main architect for everything from the building's appearance to the design of furniture and door handles.
The sofa stands out from the furniture Arne Jacobsen is known for today. This well-known furnitures shows an Arne Jacobsen who had found his style inspired by international modernism while in contrast Mayor sofa features a unique style that draws upon the Danish traditions of fine woods and functional solutions as well as the international modernism for which Arne Jacobsen is famous.
Base solid oiled walnut or oak (white oiled, smoked oiled or black painted)
Structure internal wooden frame in beech + foam
Upholstery Kvadrat fabrics or Ca-Mo leathers (removable seat cushions)
Dimensions H82cm x D62cm x L138/200cm – Seat height 40cm
Arne Jacobsen is born on February 11, 1902 in Copenhagen. His father, Johan Jacobsen, is a wholesale trader in safety pins and snap fasteners. His mother, Pouline Jacobsen, a bank clerk, paints floral motifs in her spare time. The family lived in a typical Victorian style home. As a contrast to his parents’ overly decorated taste, Arne paints his room in white.
Background & school relations
He met the Lassen brothers at Nærum Boarding School: later, Flemming Lassen was to become his partner in a series of architectural projects. Arne Jacobsen is a restless pupil, always up to pranks, with a self-deprecating humour. Already as a child, he showed an extraordinary talent for drawing and depicting nature through scrupulous studies. He wants to be painter, but his father felt that architect was a more sensible choice.
The Pleasant and the necessary trips abroad
Jacobsen’s travelling begin already in his twenties, when he went to sea to New York. Then followed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer in Germany and a series of study and drawing excursions to Italy. Jacobsen produced some of his finest watercolours during this period, capturing atmospheres and shapes accurately and carefully. From the beginning of his career, Jacobsen turned his gaze abroad, without abandoning Danish traditions.
Arne Jacobsen behind the design
Jacobsen production reflects his personality: an insistent, perfectionist modernist, to whom no detail was trivial, although the main picture was basically black/white and unambiguous. On the other hand, the nature-loving botanist and jovial family man: like him, his work is precise and warm, Danish and universal, modern and timeless.