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 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.
Set of eight mahogany dining chairs by Ole Wanscher
This set of eight dining chairs designed by Ole Wanscher (1903-1985) is executed in mahogany. Back of the chairs have cross-bars and the seats are upholstered with black fabric.
These chairs were executed ca. in the 1950s for luxury department store Illums Bolighus.
The have metal tags: ILLUMS BOLIGHUS KØBENHAVN.
H. 85 cm. (33,5")
Seating height 44 cm. (17,3")
A matching elliptical dining table with extension and two extra leaves is also available. Photos of the table available on request.
H. 74 cm. (29")
L. 183/241/299 cm. (72"/95"/118")
Unique desk chair with red Niger leather by Hans J. Wegner
This 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)
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")