Grete Jalk, Seating
Pair of rare side chairs in fumed oak by Grete JalkThis rarely seen pair of side chairs (model 3-1) in slightly fumed oak with curvy seats was designed ca. 1956 by Grete Jalk (1920-2006). It is one of Grete Jalk’s first designs with bent wood. During the 1950s a number of designers began exploring the possibilities of moulding sheets of veneer into gently curved shapes. Charles and Ray Eames, Wegner, Alvar Aalto and Grete Jalk were among the those whom began bending the rules of nature. Around the time when these side chairs were designed, Jalk also designed her more famous and much more complex bent GJ Chair, but it was years later in the early 1960s that it was set in limited production by P. Jeppesen møbelfabrik These side chairs were executed by P. Jeppesen Møbelfabrik, Danmark in the late 1950s. One of the side chairs has a paper label from the manufacturer. Both chairs are stamped are with ‘DANISH Furnituremakers CONTROL’. Jalk collaborated a great deal with P. Jeppesen Møbelfabrik founded by Poul Jeppesen. The factory later became PJ Furniture and also executed designs from modern masters like Ole Wanscher, Arne Hovmand-Olsen and Vilhelm Wohlert. The company is today owned by Carl Hansen & Son, Denmark. Literature: Mobilia 1957 H. 75 cm. (29,5") W. 54 cm. (21,3") Seating H. 48 cm. (18,9)
Grete Jalk, Grete Jalk & Ejner Larsen, Seating
Very rare and early wingback armchair by Grete Jalk and Ejner Larsen
This very rare wingback was designed in 1946 by Grete Jalk (1920-2006) and Ejner Larsen (1917-1987). The legs are of elm. Seat, back and sides are upholstered with light fabric including Niger leather buttons and piping.The young Grete Jalk had just finished her studies at the Danish Design Academy, where she had trained to become a furniture designer, when she in collaboration with the slightly older Ejner Larsen designed this wingback. Ejner Larsen had finished his studies a few years earlier and was in 1946 actually teaching at the academy. Together they entered the cabinetmaker’s design competition in 1946. Jalk had entered the competition the year before without success, but this time she wins 1st prize with Ejner Larsen. After having won she is offered a position at the academy in Stockholm and despite her collaborative success with Ejner Larsen she accepts and moves to Sweden - for six months initially, but she ends up staying on for longer. Back in Denmark Ejner Larsen is looking for a new partner and the year after he joins forces with Aksel Bender Madsen, whom he had studied with at the academy. The two would go on to collaborate for decades and most of the time with master cabinetmaker Willy Beck, who also helped Jalk and Larsen execute this particular wingback chair. This wingback was exhibited at The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition, Kunstindustrimuseet, stand 17, Sep 27 to Oct 13 1946. H. 111 cm. (43,7") D. 85 cm. (33,5") Seating H. 42 cm. (16,5") W. 85 cm. (33,5") Literature: Grete Jalk, ed., 40 years of Danish furniture design: the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibitions 1927-1966; Dansk møbelkunst gennem 40 aar: Københavns Snedkerlaugs møbeludstillinger 1927-1966, Copenhagen, 1987, Volume 2, pp. 286-287, ill. p. 287.
Grete Jalk, Seating
Rare teak sofa with original upholstery by Grete JalkThis rare teak sofa designed ca. 1952 by Grete Jalk (1920-2006) has its original seat and back cushions with spring coils. The cushions are upholstered with the original green fabric designed by Grete Jalk (verified by Grete Jalk 24 October 2001). The sofa was executed ca. 1952 by France and Daverkosen (later France & Son). France and Daverkosen was in the 1950s one of the most successful Danish furniture manufacturers. The company was founded by Fearnley France and now famous and very established architects like Finn Juhl, Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard and Ole Wanscher created designs for France and Daverkosen. The model number of this sofa is 118/4. It is marked with France and Daverkosen plaque on lower backrest. This early and original model is an absolute rarity. Literature: Mobilia 1955 H. 84 cm. (33") L. 205 cm. (80,1") D. 80 cm. (31,5")