Erik Jørgensen’s iconic EJ 220 sofa marks its 50 years anniversary 2020. Over the past 50 years, the sofa has proven its worth through both excellent quality and timeless design. The sofa is as relevant and popular today as ever.
In 1970 Erik Jørgensen, founder of Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik, created a sofa that stood out compared to the otherwise typical design of this period, which was characterized by organic lines and pompous shapes. EJ 220 was the beginning of a new style within Danish sofa design. Since then it has been referred to as an archetype for the classic sofa, where a durable design that focuses on simple lines is characterizing.
The year was 1970 and Erik thought that a sofa was missing in Danish design. A sofa that oozed elegance while at the same time being simple enough in its design language that most people could see it as part of their home for many years to come. It was on this ground that Erik started drawing sketches. The idea of the design was that the sofa should have a high seating comfort, but that it should also be aesthetic and simple in its expression. The sketches developed into a complete drawing, and thus the sofa EJ 220 emerged.