Peter Hvidt og Orla Mølgaard Nielsen, Seating
Executive high back leather armchair with brass feet by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard NielsenThis executive high back leather armchair high back with brass feet was designed by architects Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard Nielsen in 1948 for The Danish Medical Association. It was designed for the boardroom of their head quarters, Domus Medica. The armchair was executed by cabinetmaker Gustav Bertelsen. The architects were given free hands to design the interior. But when discussing chairs for the boardroom, they were specifically told that seating comfort was crucial as board meetings could last for up to 12 hours! Which is why the chair has a spring cushion seat and upholstered armrests. H. 112 cm. (44") W. 63 cm. (24,8") D. 85 cm. (33,5" Seating H. 45,5 cm. (18")
Danish cabinetmaker, Seating
High back armchair with leather by Danish cabinetmakerThis highback armchair has a frame of nutwood. It is upholstered with leather and fitted with brass nails.
Kaare Klint, Seating
High back leather upholstered armchair by Kaare KlintThis high back armchair of mahogany was designed by Kaare Klint (1888-1954) back in 1939. It was manufactured by Rud. Rasmussen Cabinetmakers, Denmark. The model is called 'Nørrevold' after the location of the building in central Copenhagen it was designed for. The model number is 5999. The seat and back are upholstered with patinated black leather as well as the adjustable headrest. Cabinetmaker Rudolf Rasmussen, born in 1888, the same year as Klint, had in 1904 taken over the family carpentry business from his father, founder Rudolph Rasmussen. Kaare Klint knew Rudolf from when they both attended Gregersens school in the well off neighbourhood of Frederiksberg. At the time a school where sons of architects and artists were mixed with the kids from the rougher neighbouring quarter (Nørrebro, where the Rud. Rasmussen family had their carpentry). The two peers would stick together and work together throughout their career. They even attended a local gymnastics team in their older years.
H. 114 cm. (44,9")
W. 65 cm. (25,6")D. 68 cm. (26,8")
Seating height 48 cm. (18,9")
Arne Hovmand-Olsen, Seating
Rare and early easy chair by Arne Hovmand-Olsen
This rare teak easy chair has a curvy seat and the back is upholstered with light fabric.Its armrests and buttons on the back are fitted with Niger leather. The chair was designed early in 1947 by Arne Hovmand-Olsen (1919-1989) and executed by J. L. Møllers Møbelfabrik in Aarhus, Denmark. It was one of the very first easy chairs Mr. Hovmand-Olsen and Niels Otto Møller, the founder of J. L. Møllers Møbelfabrik created together. And even one of the very first chairs that was executed at J. L. Møllers Møbelfabrik. The two men were both still in their 20s and just starting out on what would become very successful careers for both of them. Towards the end of the 1930s Arne Hovmand-Olsen worked at Peder Olsen Sibast carpentry on the island of Funen (a carpentry that later would become the more well-known furniture manufacturer Sibast Furniture which produced designs for Arne Vodder). But Hovmand-Olsen had the desire to create furniture designs himself, so he enrolled at Technical Collage in Århus in 1941. A few years later towards the end of WW2, having finished his studies the young Hovmand-Olsen met Niels Otto Møller at the Trade Fair in Fredericia. N. O. Møller had recently set up production facilities and shop in Århus (where Hovmand had studied and resided) and was looking to expand his furniture production. This chair became one of their first collaborations, if not the first. Literature: Møbelhandleren. No. 6, 1947. Illustrated and mentioned p. 17.
H. 56 cm. (22")
W. 52 cm. (20,5")D. 72 cm. (28,5")
Seating height 37 cm. (14,6")
Chris Sørensen, Kaare Klint, Seating
Rare set of four fumed oak chairs with black leather by Chris SørensenThis rare set of four fumed oak chairs with patinated black leather is by architect Chris Sørensen. The chairs were designed in 1955 and executed by Nils Otto Møllers company 'J. L. Møllers møbelfabrik' in Aarhus, Denmark. The model number is 74. Fumed oak or smoked oak as it is also known has in fact nothing to do with smoke or heat treatment. The original light oak wood was made darker by exposing it to ammonia fumes. The ammonia reacts with the natural tannins in the wood, which gives it a darker colour and brings out the grain pattern. The longer the wood is exposed to ammonia the darker it gets. Apparently this ageing technique was invented by accident in England hundreds of years ago, when it was noticed that oak planks stored in the horse stable would darken because of exposure to the ammonia fumes from the horse urine. H 78 cm. (30,7") W 51 cm. (20") L 46 cm. (18,1") Seating H 42 (16,5")
Jørgen Gammelgaard, Seating
Unique chair bench with woven canvas seat by Jørgen GammelgaardThis unique chair bench by Jørgen Gammelgaard (1938-1991) was made as a prototype for The Royal National Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark ca. 1983 when architects Eva and Nils Koppel decorated the new actors foyer as part of the extension at Kgs. Nytorv. It has a frame of maple with a black-lacquered back piece and a long seat with woven canvas. The idea was to create a piece of furniture for actors and ballet dancers to both sit and stretch during rehearsal- or performance-breaks. The hand-built prototype was never produced in numbers. In the late 1950s Jørgen Gammelgaard worked as a cabinetmaker with A. J. Iversen before studying at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, where he worked under architects Poul Kjærholm and Ole Wanscher. Literature: 'Jørgen Gammelgaard' by Per Mollerup, 1995
Sold products, Hans J. Wegner
SOLD - Rare edition of the China chair in walnut by Hans J. WegnerThis rare edition of the "China chair" by Danish architect Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) has a frame of walnut. If has a loose seat cushion upholstered with patinated natural leather, fitted with buttons. The modelnumber is FH4283 and it was designed in 1944. This particular chair was executed in 1977 by Fritz Hansen. It is a limited jubilee edition of 250 chairs. The chair is no. 164/250. It has the maker's silver plaque in back and maker's label. Exhibited: The model was exhibited at the Spring Exhibition of Danish Arts and Crafts in 1944 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Literature: Noritsugu Oda, "Danish Chairs", 1999. p. 104-105.
Hans J. Wegner, Seating
Unique armchair with red Niger leather by Hans J. WegnerThis unique armchair was designed and executed in 1948 by Danish architect Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) and master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen (1886-1961). It has a cherry wood frame and is upholstered with red Niger leather. Provenance: Architect Tang Ørnebjerg. The chair was made by special order for his apartment in Frederiksberg. It was purchased in 1948 directly from Johannes Hansen in Bredgade, Copenhagen. A sketch drawing of the chair plus the original receipt with Mr. Wegner’s own signature included. H. 83 cm (32,7") D. 50 cm. (19,7") Seating H. 39 cm. (15,4") W. 67,5 cm. (26,6")
Hans J. Wegner, Seating
Unique desk chair with red Niger leather by Hans J. WegnerThis unique desk chair was designed and executed in 1948 by Danish architect Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) and master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen (1886-1961).
The chair has a cherry wood frame and red Niger leather upholstery.Provenance: Architect Tang Ørnebjerg. This desk chair was made by special order for his apartment in Frederiksberg. It was purchased in 1948 directly from Johannes Hansen in Bredgade, Copenhagen. A sketch drawing of the desk chair plus original receipt with Mr. Wegner’s own signature included. H. 84 cm. (33") W. 62,5 cm. (24,6") D. 45 cm. (17,7") Seating H. 43,5 cm. (17,1)
Frits Henningsen, Seating
1940s lounge chairs with black fabric by Frits HenningsenThis set of two lounge chairs were executed by master cabinetmaker Frits Henningsen (1889-1965) ca. in the 1940s. The legs are in mahogany and the front pair are profiled. The seat and back are upholstered with patterned black fabric. Both Ole Wanscher and A. J. Iversen also used this type of patterned fabric for some of their best furnitures. A sofa with matching upholstery is also available.
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.
Hans Olsen, Seating
Sculptural teak lounge chair - The Orange - by Hans Olsen
This sculptural teak lounge chair was nicknamed "Appelsinen" (The Orange).
Its sweeping seat and back are upholstered with yellow wool.
Sometimes referred to as model number is 55, since it was designed in 1955. But official model number is 137.
The model has recently been reproduced, but this original example was executed by N. A. Jørgensens Møbelfabrik (Bramminge), Denmark in the late 1950s.H. 79 cm. (31,1") W. 60 cm. (23,7") Seating height 33 cm. (13")
Sold products, Steen Eiler Rasmussen
SOLD - Rare asymmetric arm chair with Niger leather by Steen Eiler RasmussenThis very rare asymmetric arm chair was named the 'Make-yourself-at-home'-chair by the man behind the design architect Steen Eiler Rasmussen (1898-1990). He designed the chair in 1936. It is upholstered with Niger leather with legs of mahogany stained beech. The asymmetrical chair was executed by master cabinetmaker A.J. Iversen. To our knowledge only a total of four known examples. Two of those – a set of mirrored twins – are currently found at Ringsted city hall. Exhibited: The present model was exhibited at the ‘Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition’, Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, 30 Sep – 16 Oct 1949, stand 20. Press: Danish newspaper ‘Politiken’, 30th Sep. 1949, p. 10 Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen Steen Eiler Rasmussen, probably best known as a specialist in town planning, has designed an easy chair for A.J. Iversen. The back is high in one side to provide support for the shoulders and then drops steeply to satisfy the need for a place to rest one’s elbow – an inclination we all have after sitting a while. For the same reason one armrest is only half the height of the other. A high armrest is uncomfortable if one whishes to sit with one’s leg over the side of the chair. Steen Eiler Rasmussen’s chair epitomizes the present exhibition: somewhat old-fashioned in its form and yet with great measure of freedom in the practical application. Press: Danish newspaper ‘Nationaltidende’, 30 Sep 1949, p 5: The professor himself calls the chair the make-youself-at-home-chair. He got the idea on the ferry to England, where he noticed how especially gentlemen had a habit of putting their legs over the arm rest to relax. But ordinary chairs aren’t suited for that as opposed to Eiler Rasmussen’s chair which only has a high back on one side. It would be especially practical as an executive office chair. Guests will be more inclined to feel at ease when they are offered a seat in the make-yourself-at-home-chair. H. 102 cm. (40,16") W. 75 cm. (29,5") D. 82,5 cm. (32,5")
Sold products, Kaare Klint
SOLD - Highback rocking chair in ash with canvas seat by Kaare KlintThis highback rocking chair designed by Kaare Klint (1888-1954) has a frame of ash wood and a braided beige canvas seat. The chair was designed in 1942 and executed by Rud. Rasmusen, Denmark. ca. 1948. The model number is 6356. Seating height. 40 cm. (15,75") Provenance: Architect Ornebjerg. Purchased 1948 for his apartment in Frederiksberg.
Sold products, Kaj Gottlob
Very rare set of Niger leather chairs by Kaj GottlobThis very rare set of four chairs was designed ca. 1935 by Kaj Gottlob (1887-1976). The chairs are made of Cuba mahogany and upholstered with original patinated Niger leather as well as fitted with brass nails. Executed ca. 1935 by master cabinetmaker A. J. Iversen, Copenhagen. Exhibited: The present model was among the more than 250 carefully selected pieces exhibited at the ‘Masterpieces: 100 Years of Danish Cabinetmaking’, Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, 13. October – 3. December 2000. Literature: Bodil Busk Laursen, Søren Matz and Christian Holmsted Olesen, eds., Mesterværker: 100 års dansk møbelsnedkeri, Copenhagen, 2003, p. 131. H. 85 cm. (33,5") D. 48 cm. (18,9") W. 45-53 cm. (17,7"-20,9")
Nanna Ditzel, Nanna Ditzel & Jørgen Ditzel, Seating
Very rare easy chair with curvy armrests by Nanna Ditzel & Jørgen DitzelThis very rare easy chair was designed ca. 1950 by fellow architects and husband and wife Jørgen and Nanna Ditzel (1921-1961 and 1923-2005). The chair has curvy armrests and stained beech legs. The sides, seat and back upholstered with original greenish plush. The model name is 'AP 14'. This chair was was executed 1950 by AP Stolen, which in the 1950s was one of the leading furniture and upholstery stores in Copenhagen, Denmark owned and founded by cabinetmaker Anker Petersen.
Scandinavian designer, Seating
Set of patinated birch chairs with bars in back by Scandinavian designerSet of patinated birch chairs with bars in the back. The legs are slightly club-shaped. Executed ca. 1940s. 7 chairs in total available. Seat height approx. 44 cm. (17,3")
Jacob Kjær, Seating
Cuban mahogany armchair with patinated leather by Jacob KjærThis armchair with a profiled Cuban mahogany frame has its seat and back upholstered with patinated original natural leather, fitted with brass nails. It was made in the 1930s by master cabinetmaker Jacob Kjær (1896-1957).
Jacob Kjær, Seating
Wool upholstered easy chair with buttons by Jacob KjærThis easy chair with legs of stained beech is upholstered with brown wool fabric. The back is fitted with buttons. It was executed by cabinetmaker Jacob Kjær (1896-1957).
Fritz Hansen, Seating
Pair of lounge chairs with woven paper cord seats by Fritz HansenThese lounge chairs have frames of stained beech. The seats are of original woven paper cord. The chairs were manufactured by Fritz Hansens Eftfl. Denmark ca. in the 1930s. They are marked with a brass sign: Fritz Hansens Eftfl. København.