Remarkable Scandinavian Mid-Century convertible sofa by the famous Danish designer Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard- Nielsen daybed model FD451, produced by France & Daverkosen, Denmark circa 1960s. An exceptional sofa both for its form and quality. This sofa embodies the whimsical fervor of the period, from 1960s. Features a single seat cushion and two removable back cushions retaining original beautiful upholstery, making this sofa just as comfortable as it is beautiful, with amazing form, original upholstery is in fantastic condition no rips or tears. The original foam cushion filling remains in comfortable, supportive and firm condition as evident in photo. Resting on a beautiful teak frame and tapered legs. A handsome combination of materials. Makers metal label on underside (France & Son Denmark). The arms have inset upholstered panels, creating a striking side profile, and fold down to provide maximum space for sleeping or lounging, easily converting the sofa to a daybed. Metal rams release to allow the side panels to drop or to effortlessly lift and lock securely in an upright position. A superb example of Danish design, combining style and function, this fantastic convertible sofa will add a touch of MCM style to any décor genre. A very comfortable piece, having distinctive characteristic of its time, crafted to last many generations and is well cared for, remains young in years. This sofa is rarely offered, it is an investment quality selection, bringing visual interest and pleasure to any modern home for years to come, it remains a stylish piece that will blend seamlessly with any genre of design.
Condition Report: Exhibit little signs of wear, frame in good structural condition. Construction is sturdy and strong, arm mechanisms release smoothly; Original upholstery is in great condition, shows no tears, rips.
CREATOR: France & Daverkosen (Manufacturer),Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen (Designer)
Place Of Origin: Denmark
Date Of Manufacture: 1960’s
Period: Mid-Century Scandinavian: 1960-1969
Materials and Techniques: Teak, fabric, metal
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 63.5”W x 30.5”D x 26” T; 24” Arm H; 16” Seat H
Extends to 89”W
France & Søn—and its predecessor, France & Daverkosen—are among the most sought after names on the vintage market today. Numerous pieces that are still in circulation retain their original identifying labels and were designed by major midcentury Danish designers, like Hvidt & Mølgaard, Grete Jalk, Finn Juhl, Arne Vodder, and Ole Wanscher.