The Croissant Sofa and Lounge Chair, by midcentury Danish architect and designer Illum Wikkelsø, represent an elegant and playful version of the traditional typology of the Chesterfield sofa and club chair.
Wikkelsø liked to repeat that a seat shouldn't just be used to sit properly, with your torso straight, but it should also be comfortable no matter which angle you sit in - or even lie down. With this in mind, he wanted to revise the classic Chesterfield to adapt it to an era, the 1960s, of optimism and relaxation.
The evocative shape of the Croissant – symbol of pleasure and art of French living – is obtained thanks to a flat piping meticulously sewn by hand in the fabric version, and to leather piping in the leather version, so as to obtain the required complex curves.
Wikkelsø was also a skilled cabinetmaker, and his taste for wood can be found in the oiled walnut or FSC-certified oak frame with a slight backward inclination.
Danish furniture designer Illum Wikkelsø (1919–1999) believed that furniture should be built to last, to indulge the body and to please the eye. With his clear design aesthetic and deep understanding of materials, he was one of the key protagonists in making Danish style an international phenomenon.Wikkelsø worked with clean lines, but he also had a strong sense of organic expression and was deeply inspired by nature – especially the Danish landscape. His profound understanding of form was coupled with a deep commitment to exemplary levels of functionality and ergonomics.Although Wikkelsø was in many ways in tune with the design aesthetic of his time, he had both the courage and ability to develop his own innovative style which was often expressive and surprising, but always focused on sublime craftsmanship and attention to detail.