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.
Pair of lounge chairs with seat cushions by Hans Olsen
This pair of lounge chairs with seat cushions were designed in 1956 by Hans Olsen (1919-1992). The chairs have model number 187. They are upholstered with white and black Savak wool by Gabriel. Their legs are of stained wood.
The lounge chairs are executed and marked by Bramin (previously N. A. Jørgensens Møbelfabrik), Denmark.
This chair model was the predecessor to the so-called "Fried Egg" model 188 also designed by Hans Olsen 1956.
A matching sofa is also available.
Measurements for the chairs:
W. 82 cm.
D. 70 cm.
Black midcentury sculptural sofa by Danish cabinetmaker
This free standing sculptural sofa from the 1940s - 1950s has round fore and hind legs of oak.
The sofa is upholstered with patinated Napa leather. The back is fitted with buttons.
H. 85 cm. (33,5")
L. 140 cm. (55,1")
Pair of orchestra chairs for musicians by Vilhelm Lauritzen
This pair of orchestra chairs was designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894-1984) for musicians to be seated comfortably in the concert hall inside 'Radiohuset' (The Radio Building) - the now former headquarters of national Danish broadcaster DR.
Vilhelm Lauritzen designed Radiohuset from 1935 to 1945 when it was officially opened. It was a time when radio was a new and exciting form of technology that gave the people an experience out of the ordinary, and therefore when it came to the designing the interior of Radiohuset that too had to be out of the ordinary. Very exclusive materials were used and everything was custom made. A young Finn Juhl was also part of the project as he worked for V. Lauritzen at the time.
The frame of the chairs is solid oak and they are upholstered with light wool fabric. Their legs swirl elegantly down to the brass feet. Both seat and backrest of the chairs are adjustable to suit specific needs for comfort.
The chairs are not only suitable for musicians, also creative artist such as painters and writers could benefit from them. The chairs artistic design would furthermore add elegance to most locations.
Very rare easy chair with curvy armrests by Nanna Ditzel & Jørgen Ditzel
This 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.