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Spoke-back sofa, 1945

Designed by Borge Mogensen
Manufactured by Fredericia
Product code: FRE-1789


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Spokeback two-seat sofa by Borge Mogensen for Fredericia.

The spokeback sofa with a side that can be lowered by characteristic leather straps is one of Børge Mogensen´s most popular models. The sofa was designed in 1945 but the combination of a classic two-seat sofa with English daybed and French chaise long  was too sophisticated for post-war taste and it did not go into production until 1963. Since then it has been copied endlessly.

The Mogensen family spent the summer of 1945 in a summer cottage with the Wegner family. This first summer after the Occupation years was wet and damp – fortunately, for Børge Mogensen spent the time designing his first classic item of furniture.

With its unpretentious design, the Spokeback Sofa is completely bared from every angle - even the cushions are attached with visible straps. Typical for Mogensen, the joints are extremely fine, needing closer inspection to see how the different parts are fused together. The sophistication is in the detail.

The cushions are easy to replace when worn, or fashions change. Once you have a Spokeback Sofa, you own a sofa for life.

Available in standard lacquered, soaped, and oiled oak. Please see wood finishes pdf for images.

Price is for sofa upholstered in plain fabric or leather, with buttons. Also available without buttons - please enquire for details.

Drop side to right as images show. Please enquire if you wish to have drop side to left.

The Spokeback sofa can be upholstered in the following range of fabrics and leathers selected by Fredericia:

Fabric group 1: FameMapleMoodRemix 2RimeRuskin.
Fabric group 2: Aguila, Canvas, Carlotto, CragganFiordGridHallingdal 65Harald 3MeritRe-woolSavannaSteelcut Trio 3SunnivaTonus 4.
Fabric group 3: Comfort+Divina 3Divina Melange 3SinequanonTwil WeaveVidar 3.
Fabric group 4: CobblestoneGrand MohairTosca.
Fabric Group 5: ByramFuseNoisePilotPulsarReflexSonar 3.

Note: Please refer to the pdf in the download section for details on the available leather upholstery groups.

Sample images can be viewed by following the above links to the fabric manufacturer's website. Sample fabric can be viewed at our showroom and shop.

160/197w x 76.5d x 40/86cmh

Product downloads

Spoke-back sofa


Leather options

(PDF, 2 MB)

Wood finishes

(PDF, 198 kB)


Made-to-order: 8-10 weeks

Furniture orders over £1500 free for Mainland UK.

Non-Mainland UK and International options available in basket

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