BoConcept | New Design Catalogue + 10 Year Anniversary of the Imola Chair
It’s that time of year where Danish brand BoConcept releases their new design catalogue for 2019, and I’m always excited to get my hands on a copy. The pages are filled with design inspiration and new pieces for the coming year. These are already arriving in the showrooms, and today I’ve picked out a few favourites to share with you.
Madrid coffee table and Miami sofa
First up is a statement modular design, the Miami sofa, designed by renowned Danish designer, Anders Nørgaard. Sofa demands and tastes change, but a mainstay of contemporary Scandinavian sofa design has long been the modular sofa. The designs offer true flexibility and embody BoConcept’s principle of providing customers with adaptable solutions that fit into their homes and the way they live.
With statement looks delivered in a marriage of comfort and simplicity, Miami features thick, pillow-like forms and pared-down details. Gentle curves and the absence of hard edges are calming, while high, broad armrests heighten visual comfort, adding a sense of seclusion. The look is finished with long, clean-styled legs with exposed under-frame; raising the form and giving the silhouette a light stance. The design is built around three module types: a one seater (two size options), a corner unit (with left or right armrest) and a pouf in two sizes.
Madrid coffee table & Luca Recliner chair
The new Madrid range of dining and coffee tables are designed by world-renowned designer, Morten Georgsen. With on-trend circular table tops, Morten Georgsen emphasises the shape’s perfect geometry, pairing it with a seamless hand-carved cone base. The base is cast in concrete and is the product of a process that takes a staggering six weeks. The coffee table come in two sizes, with two adjustable height options, making it perfect for nesting configurations. When I visited the showroom there was an alternative design with a minimal tube base frame that incorporates a shelf, also cast in concrete. The shelf is a great feature for a coffee table, providing a place for magazines, books and everyday items. Madrid’s table tops come in a range of materials, including ceramic, white, smoked and clear glass. The Rust ceramic paired with the Black concrete base is one my favourite coffee table combinations.
Designed to be both space-saving and effortlessly communal, the Madrid dining table promotes a sense of intimacy that is perfect for dining. See the entire Madrid range here.
Madrid table & Adelaide chair
The new collection also coincides with the 10 year anniversary of an icon, the Imola Chair. Designed by Henrik Pederen in 2008, the brief from BoConcept was to create a timeless recliner chair. True to his nature, Henrik showcased something radically different. An organic design that mixed evocative curves, sharp edges, and visual tension. A chair that was in his words, “…more about the flow of the pen than rules of geometry.” The chair was Imola, and to celebrate 10 years, BoConcept is offering 600 limited-editions, handcrafted in an all-new colourway — soft, luxurious black velvet with new matte black wireframe base. Each one-of-a-kind Imola will include its own numbered plaque, brochure, and certificate of authenticity.
Limited edition Imola chair
There are only a handful of craftsmen in the world qualified to make the Imola chair. That qualification takes approximately a year and is only given to highly skilled upholsterers – and for good reason. Stretching such taut upholstery over Imola’s sculptural form is physically demanding work, which requires years of experience and a meticulous eye for detail.
Henrik Pedersen designs for clients all over the world, and has, in addition to the Imola chair, conceived some of BoConcept’s most-popular products, including the Adelaide collection and Monza table. With a focus on warm minimalism, his design language is a blend of comfort, natural curves, clean lines and honest materials – honesty being one of his mantras. For more insight into the celebrated designer’s world and the making of an icon, read In Conversation with Henrik Pedersen.
The 2019 collection sees BoConcept unveils the Amsterdam sofa, also designed by Henrik Pedersen. Luxurious and architectural, this for me is a standout piece. A rich blend of opposites, Henrik Pedersen juxtaposes the sofa’s voluminous cushion forms with slimline angular legs. Sharp, precise lines meet sweeping curves and contemporary design gets mid-century detailing, with bolster cushions and piped seams.
I wasted no time testing out this modular sofa at the Auckland showroom, and I immediately noted a high level of comfort. Designed to suit changing needs, all of its sides come fully upholstered, meaning modules can sit in isolation in any room position. Amsterdam currently comprises a chaise longue pouf and four modules: a 2.5 seater with one armrest (left or right mountable), an open-end available in two sizes, and a corner unit. All modules can be linked together with durable under-frame clips.
BoConcept’s first ever design, back in 1952, was a sideboard, and storage has been a big focus for the Danish brand since. For 2019 they have expanded on their vast range of storage with some exciting new designs, all conceived by celebrated Danish designer, Morten Georgsen. These include updates to the successful Lugano base cabinets, as well as new products including the Sydney trolley, Bordeaux leaning rack and hanging rack.
A mainstay of any chic 1960s home, the bar trolley has made a big comeback. BoConcept’s Sydney trolley features a stylish and durable metal tubular design and is perfect as a mobile stage for plants, accessories, lamps. Of course it also makes a sleek drinks trolley, ideal for entertaining, as it glides along on rubber-rimmed wheels, with wooden inserts to match the shelving. Clean and balanced with a contemporary twist, the Sydney is available in two colourways: white with oak or black with walnut. Both beautiful, I can’t decide which one I like best!
Since its launch in 2014, the Lugano system has been a favourite worldwide. Now with new wood veneer fronts for a refreshed premium look, the update comes in two options: walnut with black grooves and matt white lacquered with white grooves. The new Lugano is made in the brand’s own Danish factory, where 98% of BoConcept’s wooden furniture is manufactured with pride.
Bordeaux wall system – leaning rack
New metal Bordeaux racks embody the characteristics for which BoConcept and Morten Georgsen are famed — minimalism, functionality and elegant simplicity. Effortlessly versatile, the Bordeaux leaning rack requires no wall fixing, and as such can be moved around the home with ease.
Bordeaux system – hanging rack
The minimal wall hanging rack comes in both horizontal or vertical orientations allowing it to be used in a myriad of rooms from the entrance hall to the living room or even the bathroom. Both the hanging and leaning racks come in either white or black.
You’ll find all you need to know about the new collection in the new design catalogue. Either read it online, or order a copy here.