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  • Pair of rare side chairs by Grete Jalk executed by p jeppesen
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    Pair of rare side chairs in fumed oak

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    Pair of rare side chairs in fumed oak by Grete Jalk

    This 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)
  • Very rare and early wingback armchair with Niger leather details by Grete Jalk and Ejner Larsen on blue
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    Very rare and early wingback armchair

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    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.