Product Design

Double Stitch Cushion for Fredericia Furniture

A signature line of cushions for Fredericia Furniture to accompany some of their highly regarded sofas and chairs designed by Danish design icons like Børge Mogensen and Arne Jacobsen.

project overview

Year 2015
Client Fredericia Furniture
Services Accessory Design
Creative Direction Johannes Torpe
Senior Designer /
Project Leader
Sara Vinther Martinsen
Material Wool, natural leather, duck feathers
Photography Images 1, 4, 8 & title image © Enok Holsegaard

design concept

Digging into Fredericia’s over one hundred year long history, the necessity to create something more than a purely aesthetic item became evident. The brand is known for its high quality products, exquisite craftsmanship and impressive portfolio of Danish design classics. Our design naturally drew its inspiration from this legacy, whilst simultaneously striving to become a part of it. We therefore engaged in a process where the language of furniture design was interpreted into an accessory. This was a process that forced us to consider which decorative elements also held a practical function. In this way, the cushion was designed with every stitch and visible detail chosen for a reason.

This cushion is a product designed for longevity. It is not merely a fashion accessory; it is a design piece for your home without an expiration date.
— Sara Vinther Martinsen, Head of Product & Furniture Design

design details

We selected natural, living and breathing materials; a combination of the finest wool and Fredericia’s characteristic ‘butt leather’, that is highly durable, with a smooth surface that softly molds to your skin. Furthermore, it patinates beautifully over time. This means that the cushion can mature and become progressively unique to the user and context.

Panels of this butt leather were integrated onto the sides of the cushion; a subtle design feature that provides aesthetic distinction, while simultaneously prolonging the lifetime of the pillow. Translating the classic double stitching technique from the furniture design universe into the world of accessories, the exquisite craftsmanship of the brand is made more accessible to a larger amount of customers.

The chosen colour palette is subtle and neutral, giving it the ability to complement the existing colours in just about any home. This cushion was designed to outlive tendencies in the market and exist extensively as a supplement to a wide range of furniture pieces.