Frame of red beech, stained in teak color. Upholstered seat and back. Dressed in blue / black textile. Length 72, width 86, cover 105 cm.
Welcome Bengt Ruda!
In the autumn of 1957, Ikéa has succeeded in attaching to the company the prominent architect Bengt Ruda, known as the youth's special designer. Everyone who has worked in modern interiors knows him as one of our country's most skilled designers. He is also one of those who made Swedish furniture famous and respected all over the world. Already in this reprint of catalog -58 we show many proofs of his skill.
After graduating from the Higher School of Art and Design, architect Ruda has studied abroad, among others. a. in England, Italy and Switzerland. He has received scholarships and prizes from the Swedish Handicraft Association and has worked as a teacher in furniture drawing. Represented at several international exhibitions.
We welcome architect Bengt Ruda to Ikéa and regard this as his employment as another success in our efforts to offer our customers the best in our industry. ” When IKEA succeeds in attracting Bengt Ruda in 1957, it is a real prestige acquisition. Ruda comes from A / B Nordiska Kompaniet, where he produced a number of acclaimed models. These include the Italian-inspired seating group Onboard, the Z-armchair and the neat armchair 563-037. The latter became almost groundbreaking and gave rise to several imitations. The Sjökvist brothers, whose variant was convicted in the Jönköping Court of Appeal on 30 October 1956, were the closest. After that, Ruda's model became popularly called the "Court Armchair". That Ruda chooses to leave the esteemed company A / B Nordiska Kompaniet in favor of the upstart IKEA, which at this time is facing opposition from many players in the Swedish furniture market, is startling. Therefore, it is easy to understand IKEA's very detailed presentation that is reproduced in the quote above.
The premiere year, Bengt Ruda invites IKEA's customers to the Joker armchair, with shapes similar to those of his time at NK, the chubby seating group Gracita, the neat Bookshelf Body with ends in gray lacquered birch, the wall shelf Båge, an answer to Stringhyllan and displayed at Möbelmässan in Cologne 1958, chair and table model Grill (where the latter has subsequently come to attention), the daybed Paus with the description "feather in the hat for architect Bengt Ruda" and the rolling table Rollit with "shaped edges".
The following year, Ruda's model flora is expanded with several variants. One of these stands out when it is introduced on the spread over pages ten and eleven: "model CAVELLI - a modern aristocrat, presented by Bengt Ruda" Ruda had been allowed to take the turns and created an armchair where both stand and seat tub had an exceptional design. IKEA's catalog author also made readers understand that the model stood out in relation to the rest of the range: “Here, a confident designer has put his hand to the bold design. Cavelli is a very extreme armchair: why not dare to have the 1965 lines already in 1959? Cavelli will be noticed in your home - and admired. You have a wonderful feeling of luxury when you sit inside its softly embracing armrests, sink deep into the foam rubber padded seat and let your neck rest against the neck pillow, which as it were grows up on an elegant neck. Cavelli is based on a strong frame with visible wooden parts in red beech, stained in teak color. Elastic padded seat, completely padded with foam rubber / foam plastic as well as the entire back. Even the back is completely stopped. No effort has been spared, no cost has been spared to make Cavelli an aristocrat in the 60's world. Exclusive right: Ikéa. ” Cavelli belongs to the extremes of IKEA's collection. Its expression is unparalleled in the company's product flora during the 1950s and 1960s. It also symbolizes the transition from an affordable department store to a player with the ambition to furnish, decorate and help create the Swedish folk home. Bengt Ruda's transition from A / B Nordiska Kompaniet to IKEA is a milestone in the furniture giant's history and a head start for its own drawing office. For IKEA, Ruda would produce a long line of models that are today considered Swedish design classics. Cavelli is not like that. On the contrary. It is probably the most difficult to find and most coveted model in not only Rudas but in the entire IKEA collection.
According to an article at the Ikea Museum, this armchair was only made in five copies.
Literature: The model depicted in Siesing, Andreas: Swedish furniture - Folkhemsform in wool, jacaranda, pine and beech, Bokförlaget Atlantis, 2015, page 136.
Ikea, catalog 1959, pages 10-11.
Article at Ikea Museum "The story of IKEA - The history behind the products 1950s".
Dried upholstery in the back. Later cladding. Repor. Brands. Minor crack in the back of the right armrest.