Very nice sophisticated daybed sofa Model 981 designed by Poul Volther, manufactured by Gemla, Denmark. This sofa is nicknamed ‘Diva’ and features a sophisticated solid oak base that can be folded down to create a daybed. The sofa is recently upholstered with beautiful moss green Kvadrat fabric. The oak frame is in excellent original condition.
Poul M. Volther was a Danish furniture designer who is remembered above all for his iconic Corona Chair. He succeeded Børge Mogensen as artistic director of FDB Møbler in 1950. First trained as a cabinetmaker, Volther studied furniture design at the Arts and Crafts School in Copenhagen. A believer in Functionalism, he avoided short-lived aesthetic trends, concentrating on the simple crafting of quality materials. As a teacher at Denmark’s Design School, he encouraged hundreds of students to aim for high quality craftsmanship. With the support of designer Hans Wegner, he was employed from 1949 by the cooperative FDB Møbler, working in their design studio under the leadship of Børge Mogensen. Mogensen left FDB in 1950, leaving Volther in charge from 1950-55.