Interview with Hans Thyge & Co: The process and thoughts behind SOHO

We spoke to Hans Thyge, designer and partner at Hans Thyge & Co. Design Studio, about the design process and the thoughts behind the newest member of our Contemporary Collection, the SOHO sofa series.

What was it like to design a furniture collection like SOHO?

“It has been a very interesting process as we approached the product more as a piece of clothing than a piece of furniture. SOHO is a product of play rather than of the drawing board.
The fundamental idea in the SOHO sofa series is the combination of the very simple with the almost brutal tube frame wrapped in the textile cover.”

Where did the inspiration come from?

“Over the last many years, we have seen a change in how we decorate our homes, and the contrast between the sculptural and the architectural, or functional versus aesthetic, has gained new meaning. We
are more inclined to mix and match objects with different temperaments and idioms.

This contrast has been our inspiration, and the soft feather cushions are therefore kept in check formally by visible tubes. You might say that there is a subtle reference to Le Corbusier’s LC2/LC3 sofa from Cassina, which also plays with the balance between soft and hard, making the furniture a work of architecture in itself.”

Can you tell us a bit about the process from the technical side?

“We designed the sofa and produced technical drawings which the manufacturer used to make the prototypes. We then talked and wrote back and forth, using sketches and little cartoons to define the essence. We tested the comfort and simulated little changes here and there, just like when designing a piece of clothing on a dress maker’s dummy.”

What would you highlight as something special about this sofa series?

“We tested different fabric combinations, and we’re particularly pleased with the versions where the outer frame has a different fabric that the inner cushion. It has a more contrastive and conceptual look. The detail of the cut in the fabric revealing the tube stands out more when the tight outer frame is ‘dressed’ differently from the soft inner cushion.”