~ Axel Enthoven ~
‘Lovely thanks to its sheer simplicity and candour’
Axel Enthoven (1947)
It all began in 1983 with Bora Bora. Then came Bora Bèta, Bella Bora (2008) and Bora Balanza (2016). The Bora series is still there.
“In the early eighties, quality sofas were still ponderous and pompous. The level of comfort was in fact defined by wooden frames and large quantities of foam material. For the more modest among us, who elect to live on a smaller scale, that was of little use. The furniture took up too much space and, under the influence of the advancing modernism, more elegant models came into favour. Leolux asked me to come up with something thinner and lighter; in wood and with the famous ‘Leolux’ seating quality. That was a challenge I was happy to take on.”
In everything Enthoven does, sustainability is his greatest driver. “Together with Leolux I was already developing sustainable products in the eighties. Back then we were way ahead of our time. I still prefer to work on products with a good story and a long lifetime. That probably has to do with the fact that I’m not really a furniture designer by nature; I’m a product designer. Functionality is the priority in all my designs. I am especially proud of the Bora series, the Bova bus, the Brussels tram and a little Samsonite suitcase called Focus. All designs that people can derive great pleasure from using for many years.”