Croissant Sofa


By Illum Wikkelsø

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Playful, voluptuous and sublimely crafted, the newly reimagined Croissant Sofa makes a powerful statement in any interior setting and an heirloom to treasure for generations. Unmistakably the work of celebrated architect and designer Ilum Wikkelsø, the Croissant was his irreverent play on the more traditional Chesterfield sofa, using the French pastry as his inspirational reference. First released in 1962, it captured the zeitgeist of an optimistic decade, and has been a treasured collector’s piece ever since. Now GUBI has subtly refined the original to suit today’s body shapes and give a new generation the opportunity to enjoy Wikkelsø’s vision. Available in either leather or in a range of upholstered fabrics, the complex curves of the Croissant’s iconic form are achieved through meticulous hand-stitching, and sit atop a base frame and legs made from oiled walnut or oak. The Croissant Sofa’s abundance of character makes it ideal as a distinctive standalone piece in the home, workspace or hotel lobby.

Item Number: 10079616

A distinctive shape

The complex curves required by the playful form of the ‘croissant’ are created with meticulously hand-stitched flat-piping in the fabric editions, and leather piping in the leather versions, honoring Wikkelsø’s legacy as a trained craftsman.


The Croissant Sofa and Lounge Chair, by midcentury Danish architect and designer Illum Wikkelsø (1919–1999), represent an elegant and playful take on the traditional typology of the Chesterfield sofa and club chair.





Danish furniture designer Illum Wikkelsø (1919–1999) believed that furniture should be built to last, to indulge the body and to please the eye. He belonged to a group of designers who represented the Golden Age of Danish design during the 1950s and 1960s. With his clear design aesthetic and deep understanding of materials, he was one of the key protagonists to make Danish design style an international phenomenon.

Although Wikkelsø was in many ways in tune with the design aesthetic of his time, he had both the courage and ability to develop his own innovative style which was often expressive and surprising, but always focused on sublime craftsmanship and attention to detail.





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