Dahlia – a star among sofas

The healthcare furniture of the future offers a variety of features that may not be immediately apparent. Johan Franzén from Kinnarps tells us about the successful Dahlia concept.

Sustainable, functional yet welcoming. Dahlia is the new generation of healthcare furniture, designed to meet all the demands of the future. This range of sofas and easy chairs was created for the Djupängen care home in Hammarö municipality, Sweden.

“The client was unable to find a sofa with a homely feel suitable for healthcare environments. Since nothing meeting this description was available on the market, we decided to develop one together with the client and the architect. That’s how we work.”

Johan Franzén, assortment manager at Kinnarps and NC Nordic Care

Dahlia is a soft, comfortable and fully upholstered family of sofas and easy chairs.

The development took place over several years in a collaboration between Kinnarps, NC, architectural firm Tengbom and a large working group from the client.

“When working with healthcare environments, it’s important to include different stakeholders to get a better understanding of what’s needed. Getting an early start is the key to success, and in this case the work process started three years before the move-in date.” In a best-case scenario, the building and interior design are always planned in parallel.

Dahlia evolved into an exceptional family of furniture. The furniture looks inviting and homely, while also offering a variety of important features. A gap between the seat and back prevents dirt from getting trapped and makes it easier to clean, the seat height is just right for elderly bodies. Needless to say, the upholstery is durable and can be removed and washed.

“We’ve held a strong position in healthcare environments for many years. It’s about developing furniture that’s inclusive and gives everyone the right to participate in public spaces,” says Johan Franzén.

“Our furniture shouldn't look institutional. They should promote independence, dignity and security."

Johan Franzén, assortment manager at Kinnarps and NC Nordic Care

Dahlia also carries the Möbelfakta sustainability label. It’s crafted in FSC®-certified birch, in repairable or replaceable sections.