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Why are Sonett’s seats so good?

Saab Sonett seats

Let’s take a flashback in history and revisit the Saab Sonett. Legend has it engine developer Rolf Mellde and three of his buddies designed the first incarnation of the Saab Sonett in a barn. The four men managed to deliver the Sonett just in time for the 1956 Stockholm Motor Show. Why the name Sonett? It’s not from the Italian poetic form, but rather 100% Swedish – from a phrase that translates to:“so neat they are.” Is there any Saab you would like to know more about?

Let’s say, Who is responsible for the fantastic design of Sonett’s seats? Most do not know the answer to this question, but may assume that some of the renowned designers are hiding behind the design of Sonett’s sports seats. And the answer is just like that – Henrik Thor-Larsen,  by the way, in the world of industrial design best known for his Ovalia Egg Chair (1968) design.

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The sensational Ovalia Egg Chair is designed by the Danish designer Henrik Thor-Larsen and was originally exhibited at the Scandinavian Furniture Fair in 1968, then sold worldwide for a decade until production stopped in 1978.

Thor-Larsen was discovered by Saab and was asked to design the seats for the company’s new product, the slightly more sporty model Sonett. His interest then turned increasingly to industrial design and it was not a big step from car seats to easy chairst. Saab was just about to start manufacturing its slightly more sporty car Sonett in Arlöv and was looking for seats in Germany. Instead, they chose the model from the innovative Danish, who at that time managed to move to Malmö and become a Swedish citizen.

Sonett seats

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Then, The revenues from SAAB and the “Ovalia” armchairs were invested in their own operations and financed new imaginative creations. The sequel “Puzzle” was a wall-mounted module furniture that was combined to create seating and bed spaces as needed.

The sequel “Puzzle” was a wall-mounted module furniture that was combined to create seating and bed spaces as needed.candinavian
Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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