Denmark has been the mid-century modern design hot spot. Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, Kaare Klint, Børge Mogensen and Jens Risom are some of the well known designers. Genuinely big names, and with right! The mid-century modern movement in Denmark of course also has many great designers of lesser fame. Thereby not less ‘stunning’, but at a more affordable price. Furnip has the entire mix, big names and not so big names. For instance have you ever seen designs of Niels O. Møller, Hans Olsen, Erik Kirkegaard, Niels Eilersen, H.W. Klein or Severin Hansen? Their designs may even fit better with your aesthetic desire and taste, because of material selection, fabrication and construction techniques. ‘Feel free to find out’.
Quality and durability
Chresten Findahl Brodersen founded Findahl mobelfabrik in 1946 in the town of Skarrbaek. Findahl produced throughout it's history literally tsunami's of dining chairs such as the Mosbøl chair (over one 1 million). In the early 50s Findahl started to produce sofa's and lounge chairs. Even though these designs were very recognizable and well crafted they and their designer never got the high design status. Something that is actually quite remarkable given the lines and aesthetically pleasing curvature that was worked into these pieces. Furthermore quite remarkable as this all happened years before the successes in sofa and chair design by the likes of Andersen, Vodder en Wikkelso.
It is therefor that we would like to credit Chresten Findahl Brodersen as one of the remarkable designers between WWII and Hay days of Danish mid century design.
Upon Chresten Findahl's illness in 1980, the leadership of the factory is handed over to his son Orla Findahl. Around 30 years later a factory fire destroys most of the factory and a renewed furniture factory rizes from its ashes focussing on sustainable designs and operation. Orla Findahl remains as excecutive of Findahls untill December of 2018. In that year Findahls is purchased by Hammel Furniture A/S that continue to produce the Findahl designs.
From > Skaerbaek - untill now
Background > Solid Danish craftmenship and focus on quality and durability
Architecture & design studio > Chresten Findahl Brodersen
Signature > Mosbøl chair
Check it out! Chresten Findahl Brodersen @ Furnip
She got legs
Kurt Ejvind Østervig started his design career not designing furniture but in designing steel ships in Odense his hometown. Most probably his passion was not with steel and not much later he changed his material of choice to become wood and went on designing for E. Knudsen Studio (Tegnestue) in Odense. In 1947 he starts his own furniture design studio and made designs that are known all over the world. His work is exhibited in among other places the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Østervig signature piece is the free standing shelves and chests unit that he designed for KP Møbler. These come with organically shaped legs and bronze tubing to uphold the bottom chest or shelf. In addition to these his designs as freelance designer for Bramin (chairs), Sibast (chairs), Pedersen & Søn, Rollschau (lounge chairs) are still very popular!
From > 1912-1986, Odense
Background > Shipbuilding and design
Education > Ship architecture and furniture design
Architecture & design studio > E. Knudsen Studio / Kurt Østervig
Signature > Freestanding shelves units
Manufacturer > KP Møbler and others
Check it out! KurtØstervig @ Furnip
'Get a grip'
Gunni Omann designed until late 60s for the by Andreas Omann founded Omann Jun Møbelfabrik A/S. The designs made by Omann Jun Møbelfabrik have been designed by the Omann family that worked the factory. The exact role and responsibility of Gunni Omann has been a bit vague. Often he is even referred to as not having a part in the design process, ever so often he is. We took the position to call whoever was designing at Omann Jun, Gunni Omann and that be it. Gunni Omann designed not only for Omann Jun Møbelfabrik he also designed for Axel Christiansen Odder/ ACO Møbler.
Omann Jun is famous for its famously styled credenzas. Renowned for Omann, and recognizable from a distance, are the signature grip designs. These grips come in a fantastic aerodynamic space ship shape. Furthermore, furniture with the Omann label have been made in a high quality mostly with rosewood and qualtity teak and compete in the premier league of Danish mid-century modern design. To name a couple key pieces, the credenza number 18 and 19 are true gems to the eye. Credenza 18 is since 2016 re-made by Omann in Horsens and still enormously popular.
From > Horsens Denmark
Background > Founded in 1933 by Andreas Omann
Masterpiece > Credenza no. 18
Signature > Aerodynamic grips
Manufacturer > Omann Jun
Check it out! GunniOmann @ Furnip
Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen was een productieve Deense ontwerper, bekend van zijn OGK daybed/safaristoel en de Moduline-collectie, die hij samen met Tørben Lind ontwierp.
Uit > 1930 - 2009
Achtergrond > Meubelmaker, meubel design en architectuur.
Opleiding > Na een training tot meubelmaker studeerde Ole Gjerlov-Knudsen meubel design aan de Deense School of Arts en Crafts en vervolgens architectuur aan de Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts. Later gaf hij ook les aan de Deense school of Arts. Van 1967 tot 1990 werkte hij als rector voor de Hogeschool voor Toegepaste kunsten.
Masterpiece > Saw - chair, Modeline collection, OGK daybed (1962, ontworpen voor zijn zoon toen hij op schoolkamp ging.
Architectuur & design studio > Ontwerpers duo met Tørben Lind (Moduline collection)
Producent > France & Søn, Skovshoved Møbelfabrik
Check it out! OleGjerløvKnudsen @ Furnip
Space age crazyness
Verner Panton is without question one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he brought to life innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colors. His style was very ‘1960s’ but that style revived into fashion late 20th century. Several furniture makers like Vitra still produce Panton's most well-known furniture models.
Panton studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen, graduating in 1951. During the first two years of his career, 1950–1952, he worked at the architectural practice of Arne Jacobsen. Panton shortly thereafter started his own design and architectural office. He became well known for his innovative architectural proposals, including a Collapsible House (1955), the Cardboard House and the Plastic House (1960). Near the end of the 50s, his chair designs became much more unconventional, with no legs or discernible back. In 1960 Panton was the designer of the very first single-form injection-moulded plastic chair. This Stacking chair or S chair, became his most famous and mass-produced design resulting organic shapes inspired by the human body requirements, the tongue. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Verner Panton experimented with designing entire environments: radical and psychedelic interiors that were an ensemble of his curved furniture (ao Fritz Hansen), wall upholstering, textiles and lighting (Louis Poulsen).
From > Copenhagen, 1926-1998
Education > Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen
Architecture & design studio > Vernet had his own studio from 1954
Masterpieces > Cone Chair (1958), The Panton Chair (1960), Peacock Chair, Verner Panton S-chair model 275 Thonet, Bayer exposition ships Visiona O + II Köln (1968-1970), Spiegel Canteen Hamburg (1969)
Manufacturer > Among others Vitra, Fritz Hansen and Louis Poulsen
Check it out! VernerPanton @ Furnip
Poul Cadovius is a designer and furniture producer, he was born in 1911 in Denmark. Originally trained as a saddler and upholster, Cadovius became interested in industrial design and particularly in modular wall systems. His purpose was to create pieces of furniture which could be adaptable to all kind of different interiors. So he designed many modular system collections whose number of combinations is impressive. In 1948, he created one of his most remarkable and mythic piece: the Royal System. These modular shelves are still considered as a reference by the world of design.
From > 1911 -2011, Frederiksberg
Background > Upholsterer, designer and cabinet maker
Signature > His minimalistic aesthetic is considered a perfect harmony between form and function—industrial and organic, affordable and elegant. Although the Royal System shelving unit was his main contribution to Danish modernism, Cadovius registered more than 400 patents throughout his long career, leaving behind a legacy that inspired many future designers. He bought the France & Søn Company, he designed many pieces for this firm with other designers. He introduced his functional approach by creating flat-pack furniture, which made France & Søn grow very fast, because there main market was in the USA. Thanks to his innovative approach of modular shelves and flat-pack furniture, Cadovius is considered as one of the greatest designers of the 20th Century.
Manufacturer > Mid 60s, Cadovius purchased the well-established furniture manufacturer France & Søn -credited with the industrialization of teak furniture production- and eventually renamed the company CADO.
Masterpieces > The iconic shelving system Royal system was designed in 1948 by Poul Cadovius, and has been one of the greatest Danish furniture successes in history. It was one of the world's first wall-mounted furniture systems, and the idea behind the design was innovative. Poul Cadovius saw a challenge in the heavy, space-stealing traditional furniture, which occupied too much floor space. With the introduction of the new wall-mounted shelving concept, the furniture was simply moved off the floor onto the walls, leaving more space in the room - as Poul Cadovius expressed it himself: "Most of us live on the bottom of a cube. If we put the walls even with the floor, we get a lot of space to live on”.
Prices > The Royal System (1948) shelving unit went on to win the gold medal at the Finland Furniture Fair in 1950 and silver medal at the XI Triennale di Milano 1957.
Check it out! PoulCadovius@ FurnipCadovius@ Furnip
A chair is to have no backside. It should be beautiful from all sides and angles.”
Pursuit to create the perfect chair
Hans Jørgen Wegner was without question truly one of the Greats of Danish furniture design. Recognized by many as one of the most innovative furniture designers and in particular Hans J. Wegner was the indisputable grandmaster of Danish chair design. Throughout a long and productive life Wegner designed roughly 500 different chair designs, many of which have become popular classics and are still in production today.
Known for ‘The chair’
One of Wegner’s signature pieces was used by Nixon and Kennedy in a 1960 televised debate and is now simply known as 'The chair'!
Wegner’s background as a cabinetmaker gave him a deep understanding of how to integrate exacting joinery techniques with exquisite form. His aesthetic was also based on a deep respect for wood and its characteristics, and a vast curiosity about other natural materials that enabled him to bring an organic, natural softness to formalistic minimalism.
From > 1914 - 2007, Tønder
Background > Cabinet maker and Furniture design
Education > Danish School of Arts and Crafts, 1936 - 1940, he became a teacher here later on in his career.
Start > In 1938, Wegner was approached by architects and designers Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller, and started designing furniture for the new Aarhus City Hall.
Architecture & design studio > In 1938 Wegner opens his own design studio, in 1992 he retires and his daughter takes over.
Signature > The fact that Wegner was a cabinetmaker first and a designer second makes him a unique furniture designer. A master of detail who flawlessly merges craftsmanship with exquisite design. Wegner insisted on the highest standard of craftsmanship for his furniture, and his chairs often feature traditional mortise and tenon joints and unique materials such as paper cord.
Manufacturer > Hans J. Wegner made designs for FDB Møbler, PP Møbler, Carl Hansen & Son, master cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen.
Masterpieces > Peacock chair, the Round chair (1949), the Wing chair (1949) and the Y-chair: the CH24 was one of Wegners first designs for Carl Hansen & Son. Known as the Wishbone chair, it has been in continuous production since its introduction.
Awards > Lunning Price in 1951, the grand prix of the Milan Triennale in 1951 and the Danish furniture price in 1980. Almost all of the world's major design museums exhibit his works.
Sven Middelboe was a Danish designer. In times when lighting became a signature feature for interior design he was chief of design in the lighting fixtures business of Nordisk Solar Compagni. Nordisk Solar, founded by Jacob L. Jørgensen was a manufacturing company surfing the electrification wave since 1919 making electricity metering devices and fittings. Much later it merged and acquired it's way into Solar and even later into Jakobsson after the take over of Swedish Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Early 80s it moved all activities to Sweden.
There is very little information to find about Sven Middelboe but we do know he created some stunning lighting fixture designs like the Verona and the Barcelona from the 60s and 70s.
From > 1910 -
Signature > Verona lamp
Manufacturer > Nordisk Solar Compagni
Check it out! Sven Middelboe @ Furnip
Although he was relatively unknown in the mid-century era, Peter Løvig Nielsen’s designs have been rediscovered in the 21st century by vintage dealers due to the high quality and the unusual ease in identifying them. Stamped “Løvig” or “Hedensted Møbelfabrik” for the Danish village in which they were produced, as well as the year of production, Løvig Nielsen’s beautifully crafted designs are experiencing a vintage revival.
From > Denmark
Furniture focus > Wooden desks, tables and storage units.
Signature > Løvig Nielsen favored high-quality and beautifully grained woods such as rosewood and walnut, and his designs often featured tapered legs and organic curved edges.
Manufacturer > Stamped “Løvig” or “Hedensted Møbelfabrik” for the Danish village in which they were produced, as well as the year of production.
Masterpiece > The ‘Boomerang Desk’ (1956) which features an L-shaped table top on V-shaped legs with subtle brass detailing.
Check it out! Peter Lovig Nielsen @ Furnip
Dining chair galore!
Niels Otto Møller founded the JL Møllers Møbelfabrik in 1944. At the time it was a small woodworking studio in his home town, focussing on producing traditional furniture. Møller also invested time in creating newer modern designs of which the No.1 Chair (1946) was the first. For the remainder of his life Møller would produce only his own designs.
In the early fifties he produced some of his most widely known designs, the No. 71 and No. 78 chairs. These chairs strongly represent, through the choice of materials and the soft curves, the Scandinavian mid century modern vision of practical yet well-made design.
Early fifties JL Møllers Møbelfabrik expanded into exporting to Germany, Japan and the United States. To accomodate the growth a new factory was build on a plot of land purchased in 1961 in the town of Højbjerg, not far from his home town. In this new factory an impressive array of high end designs from Niels Otto Møller were made and it estabilished the brand JL Møller as a label of well made Danish design. In the year after his death in 1982 and to this day his sons, Jorgen Henrik Møller and Jens Ole Møller have continued the privately ownded family company.
From > Århus, 1920 - 1982
Education > In 1939 Møller completed the cabinet maker education and followed through with enrolling in Århus School of Design which he completed in 1942
Architecture en designstudio > In 1944 Niels O. Møller founded his own studio, the JL Møllers Møbelfabrik and became independent designer and producer!
Signature > Consistent high quality and craftmanship. Predominantly design of dining chairs, mostly in teak, oak or rosewood
Brands > J.L. Møller
Masterpiece > No. 78 dining chair, organically shaped chair with animalesque joints and curvature. The lines resemble the antlers of a deer.
Awards > In 1981 the Dansk MøbelIndustri's Furniture Prize was awarded to JL Møllers Møbelfabrik with special mention for its "ability to combine the best craft traditions with modern furniture manufacture”.
Check it out! NielsOMøller @ Furnip
The Bronze Era that’s where it started
Poul Hundevad succes started in the bronze age when the original Guldhøj chair was made. This chair, a foldable footstall really, was found in a burial mound in Hundevad's birthplace Vamdrup. Hundevad decided to remake the bronze age chair with some small alterations in his own furniture studio. He sided for different wood types such as oak, teak, wenge and rosewood and finished it much like the original with leather upholstery. It was a great su cces and Hundevad sold and sells the remakes all over the world.
Hundevad was in addition to a skillful carpenter also a designer with talent. Many designs, such as dining chairs, credenzas, tables, serving carts, book shelves and cabinets can be attributed to his name. Examples include the 1950 square dining table designed with Kai Winding, and model 30 a round dining table with chairs in 1958. His Egyptian Chair from 1950 has been described as a flowing unity of separate parts, a tell tale for early Danish furniture making.
It is obvious that the period he was active in, was the timeline epicenter of Danish modern design. Hundevad certainly has adapted bits and pieces from his contemporary designer colleagues, like working functionality and flexibility of use into his designs. The latter being very fashionable in Danish furniture making at the time. Poul Hundevad, if we can summarize him in one centence was an old skool Danish furniture maker and designer that put craftmanship first! This allowed him to work the fashions of his time, into beautifully made thoroughly modern designs.
From > 1917 - 2011, Vamdrup Denmark
Background > Carpenter
Designstudio > Designstudio and production form the early fifties in Vamdrup
Signature > Functionality and durability, preference for rosewood and teak. Mainly chair designs.
Brands > Poul Hundevad produced his own designs
Masterpiece > Guldhøj chair
Check it out! PoulHundevad @ Furnip
La vie en Rosewood?
A pur sang rosewood designer? Well, that’s a bit overstated, Henri Rosengren Hansen also did his fair share of teak. However, his designs made in rosewood undoubtedly hit the mark and make great eyecandy for your living. Extremely distinguished, no fuzz, stylish designs. Much of the detail in his furniture one sees only when zooming in on it. Henri ventured his designs out through his own fabrik, Brande Møbelindustri. Brande also produced Kurt Østervig and Hans Olsen designs.
From > Denmark
Design studio > Henri Rosengren Hansen was owner of Brande Møbelindustri and produced his own designs
Signature > Rosewood
Manufacturer > Brande Møbelindustri
Masterpiece > No. 38 series and dining chair model 39
Check it out! HenriRosengrenHansen @ Furnip
Home grown Dutch design!
Wébé became one of Holland's biggest furniture producing companies. Much of this succesful growth can be attributed to Dutch designer Aloysius (Louis) Allegonda Petrus van Teeffelen who became head of design for Wébé in 1955. Van Teeffelen designs are quite commonly found in todays Dutch livingrooms. Van Teeffelen was to leave the company in 1967 and turned out to be the only succesful designer to work for Wébé. Many of his designs can be aligned to the Danish mid-century modern style, but with some fairly unique construction style. With the Pelican easy chair (1960's) he reached the highest design level in Holland. Other striking examples of his design skill were the Wébé Cowhorn Chair (1950's), Scissor Chair (1950's), Easy Chair (1960) and a range of tables and modular storage furniture. Van Teeffelen's designs are considered to be exemplary for the mid-century modern movement and highly coveted by collectors today. So get your own home grown dutchie if you can!
From > Holland, 1921-1972
Signature > Use of curved solid teak, characteristic contruction methods and many of his designs aligned perfectly to the Danish mid-century modern style.
Influencer > Louis van Teeffelen designs show some course similarities with designs made by the Danish Poul Cadovius (1911-2011)
Brands > Wébé and suspected by many that van Teeffelen designed also for Topform.
Masterpiece > The Pelican Fauteuil (1960's), with his signature style beautiful scissor like legs are shaped to resemble the legs of a pelican, with the armrests resembling the beak of the creature, a true Dutch design classic. One should not mix up this chair with Finn Juhl's Pelican Chair (1939), but if you do call us please ;-)
Check it out! LouisvanTeeffelen @ Furnip
Kai Kristiansen designs are iconic for the mid-century modern era and Danish design in particular. Kristiansen is known for his exquisite craftmanship and innovative and human centric designs. He is commonly viewed as one of the most talented Scandinavian designers of the 20th century. Many of his superb designs include a very broad array of furniture items such as multifunctional desks, tables, chairs, credenzas, dressoirs, cabinets and the like. Most pronounced design of Kai Kristiansen is the dining-Z-chair, model #42. Kai Kristiansen designs were refined and difficult to construe. Several of his designs were at some point taken out of production and had to be redesigned. These included the Handy chair, 4110 Chair and the Paper Knife sofa collection. Design items of Kai Kristiansen have become through all of this true collectors items. So when you see a Kristiansen, hold on and enjoy. ‘Cherish your treasures’.
From > 1929, Copenhagen
Background > Cabinet maker
Education > Danish Academy of fine arts, Copenhagen
Influencer > Kaare Klint
Design studio > At the age of 26 Kristiansen opened his own studio in Copenhagen
Manufacturer > His designs were produced by Feldballe Møbelfabrik, Fornem Møbelkunst, Fritz Hansen, Shou Andersen Møbelfabrik and Magnus Olesen.
Signature > Teak and rosewood, multifunctional innovative designs with striking angles and the clean lines Kristiansen was known for
Masterpiece > Spisebordsstol nr. 42 uit 1956-1957 in Z-vorm for Schou Andersen.
The organically curved back and pivoted armrests form a chair that is as beautiful as it is comfortable. And his modular FM-Reol system Wall Unit (1957) made for Feldballe Møbelfabrik.
Other > Kai Kristiansen was the driving force behind the Scandinavian Furniture Fair from 1966 to 1970
Check it out! KaiKristiansen @ Furnip
Smile back at your table!
One of Denmarks designers that gave form and volume to mid-century modern design.
A virtually unmatched number of furniture items have been produced based on his designs by a number of furniture makers. Andersen definately used the wave of consumption growth of the fifties and sixties. He focussed largely on seating items such as chairs and sofa's but also on tables, all of these in most cases made from teak and rosewood. Our humble opinion that particularly his designs for CF Christensen (CFC Silkeborg) are truly recognisable Andersen designs. Examples of this are the Smile table and the facetted coffee table.
Much coveted by collectors that pay top dollar for his designs, Andersen catered to the likes of many mainly because of the rich quality and visually pleasing design elements.
From > 1903 - 1991, Aarhus
Background > Trained cabinet maker 1920 - 1922
Designstudio > Johannes Andersen opened his own design studio in the mid 30s and designed for many Scandinavian furniture makers.
Signature > The Scandinavian style was well known for distinctive shaping, elegant lining and cool looks. These Scandinavian design mantra's are clearly visible in his designs but made into a unique Andersen style. His use of animalesque curvature and space age shapes is truly differentiated and best observed in the Smile coffee table.
Manufacturer > Not limiting to but including, CFC Silkeborg, Georg Petersens Møbelfabrik, Trensum, Hovestadens Møbel & Madrasfabrik, Bramin, Brdr Andersens Møbelfabrik, Uldum Møbelfabrik
Masterpieces > Sculpturale Smile table, the Capri Sofa (this brought him international fame)
Check it out! JohannesAndersen @ Furnip
Long Lasting L1
Jacob (Jac) Jacobsen was a textile engineer by training. He started his own textile machinery import business in 1934. This start up later grew into a multinational enterprise named Luxo and was to focus on lighting only. This later focus was predominantly due to the Luxo L-1!
What is the story behind Luxo L-1?
In 1936 Jacobsen received in a shipment of British sewing machines two crane like balanced lighting armatures. Through his general interest for mechanics he was fascinated by these, what were Anglepoise lamps by George Carwadine. Jac reached out to Carwadine and enquired to become distributor for the lamps in Norway. Carwadine accepted the offer on the premisses that Jacobsen purchased 500 lamps and would seek product design approval from the Norwegian product safety board Nemko. Although the original Anglepoise design was well thought through, the design had to be adjusted to attain Nemko approval. Jacobsen designed a modified lamp inspired by the anglepoise with a balancing system based on rods and springs resembling human limbs and called it Luxo L-1, Latin for ‘I give light'.
The L-1 soon became popular to aid any desk activities in schools offices industry and healthcare. Over 70 years later the original version of the L-1 is still in production and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide!
In 1998 Luxo got listed on the Oslo stock exchange with the Jacobsen family as majority stakeholder. At the age of 95 Jac Jacobsen was still active in the Luxo company, he died that year in 1996 leaving behind a great lighting company.
From > 1901 - 1996, Norway
Background > Engineer, businessman, industrial and designer
Design studio & Manufacturer > Jacobsen founded the Norwegian industrial group Luxo
Awards > The Luxo L-1 won several Norwegian design awards between 1958 and 1972 and was also awarded the Classic Award for Design Excellence by the Norwegian Design Council in 1993
Masterpiece > The Luxo L-1 went into production in 1938. Characteristic: high functionality and timeless beauty. The Luxo-1 belongs to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Check it out! JacJacobsen @ Furnip
Coffee table galore!
Severin Hansen Jr. came close to having solely designed coffee tables, but he designed also a range of tripod lighting fixtures and some other pieces. He also produced for Dutch furniture firm Bovenkamp in the sixties and cooperated with Royal Copenhagen who provided for handpainted ceramic tiles in a range of rosewood coffee tables.
Severin Hansen Jr. was in his sixties, we're talking the early 50's, when he aligned with Haslev Møbelsnedskeri for whom he also designed a line of cabinets and truly beautiful tripod lamps out of solid teak. These teak lamp stands in good condition are truly much sought after. Apart from the above not much is known about Severin's life and ways. Either way, this does not make his designs less desired by interior designers or collectors. His clear cut lines and the way connections are crafted with 45 degree angles on his tables, stand out and are true signatures for Severin's designs. And all of them rock on in any modern interior!
From > 1887 - 1964, Denmark
Signature > High quality minimalistic design coffee tables in rosewood with angular shaped joints
Brands > Haslev Møbelsnedskeri, Bovenkamp
Check it out! SeverinHansenJr. @ Furnip
Lush seating designs!
Kurt Olsen is one of the more anonymous designers yet his designs are truly stunning. Mid fifties Kurt Olsen designed for Slagelse Møbelvaerk where masterjoiners A. Andersen and Bohm made a lot of his designs. This collaboration results in an array of seating furniture culminating in his masterpiece lounge chair #221 that can take on any pappa bear chair any day.
From > Denmark
Signature > Seating designs
Brands > Slagelse Møbelvaerk, Glostrup and Andersen & Bohm
Masterpiece > Lounge chair Model 221 for Slagelse Møbelvaerk
Check it out! KurtOlsen @ Furnip
Erik Kirkegaard is mostly known for his chair designs with minimalistic design fuzz. What makes a Kirkegaard design? One of his more dominant and recognisable design features was the use of an A frame in his dark stained teak chairs combined with glossy black leather upholstery and cow horn shaped armrests. Truly amazing combo!
Kirkegaard chair designs were predominantly produced by Høng Stolefabrik but some also found their way through Glostrup. Kirkegaards model 49 chair for Høng Stolefabrik with the single piece back and arm rest is a testimony of his skills. For Furnip, Kirkegaard is the number one in chair design. Chair Galore! Enjoy!
From > Denmark
Signature > Robust designs with suspended backrests
Brands > Høng Stolefabrik, Glostrup
Masterpiece > Model 49 chair for Høng Stolefabrik
Check it out! ErikKirkegaard @ Furnip
Henning Kjaernulf a Danish mid-century designer is a big mystery for us. His designs are maybe more revealing of his magnificense. So do you have room for design crafted to perfection? Endulge on a Kjaernulf.
From > Denmark
Manufacturer > Povl Dinesen, Bruno Hansen, Vejle Stole-og Møbelfabrik a/s en Sorø Stolefabrik
Signature > Rosewood
Masterpiece > Chair Model 71 en tafel model 62
Check it out! HenningKjaernulf @ Furnip
Get yourself seated please!
Seating! That's the governing focus for designer and producer Skjold Sørensen. Swivel chairs or revolving chairs furbished in leather with a cast aluminum or chromed metal base.
The Skjold Sørensen factory resided in Ansager Denmark on a stone's throw away from LEGO land in Billund. In the sixties the factory is steadily producing his and other's designs but they hit the jackpot when Sørensen designs and produces swivel chairs with a ludicrous headrest in the seventies. The suspended headrests allow for many to see a resemblance with Wegner's ox chair and is an instant succes.
Also without the huge headrest the chair is sold heavily and can be frequently seen around. Skjold Sørensen chairs are highly fashionable and much desired pieces because of the sturdy character and bombastic looks.
From > Denmark, Ansager
Architecture & design studio > Skjold Sørensen
signature >Seating, leather upholstery, metal base
Manufacturer > Skjold Sørensen, but he also produced for other Danish designers
Check it out! SkjoldSørensen @ Furnip
Bend it like Illum!
One of Denmark’s best kept secrets, Illum Wikkelsø a key pioneer of the 'Danish design' generation was known for his simple and functional organically shaped designs, that are inspired by the flow of the Danish landscape. Illum Wikkelsø designed for the Niels Eilersen factory where he made his most well know designs. Illum designed in a remarkably short space of time an array of variations on sofa and easy chair designs, that seem inspired by Finn Juhl because of their organically twisting and shaped arm rests and the like. In the years leading up to this, Eilersen embraced and pioneered the steam bending technology for solid wood and made it to be, not only a prominent technique but also the signature for the Eilersen factory. Mid sixties Wikkelsø (inspired undoubtedly by Wegner’s The chair designed the back and arm rests in one piece of steam bend solid wood. A true masterpiece!
From > 1919- 1999, Denmark
Education > Carpenter schooling followed through with School of Arts and Crafts 1938 - 1941
Influencer > Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl
Design studio > Illum at first worked for various Danish furniture houses and architects and started in 1954 his own design studio in the outskirts of Aarhus
Signature > Wikkelsø was inspired by the meandering Danish landscape and natural organic shapes and worked those into functional designs. His style resides anywhere between classic Kaare Klint to Space Age Expressionism as practised by Arne Jacobsen.
Brands > Niels Eilersen, Mikael Laursen, CFC Silkeborg, Søren Willadsen, C.F. Christensen, Brøderna Tromborg, Holger Christiansen, Aarhus,
Masterpieces > Steam bend version of Wegner’s the Chair, the rocking chair, chair model V11 and the Ringstol
Check it out! IllumWikkelsø @ Furnip
Did the UFO land?
Mid century interior? Fat chance you’re ceiling is equiped with a pendant UFO! Jo Hammerborg thought up these UFO like pendant lamps, to let the light escape the lamp housing in the best possible way. Good to know that these UFO designs also look great. A sign of the times for the sixties and seventies. Ridiculously popular at the time and still today. Hammerborg started under the realm of Georg Jensen after graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of fine arts. Eventually he is hired by Fog & Morup in 1957 and transforms the at that time slate company to become a design leader and commercial succes. A true vintage classic is the Nova lamp, a three layered UFO by Jo Hammerborg and Fog & Morup. So, don’t phone home, but call us at Furnip if you want one!
From > 1920 - 1982 (skydiving accident), Randers, Denemarken
Background > Silversmith, a clear differentiation from other Danish luminair designers, most of whom have a architectural background
Education > Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
Design studio > With Fog & Mørup in 1957, he left the company in 1980 to start his own studio. Fog & Mørup trended downwards from the day he left.
Signature > Hammerborg’s silversmith skillset radiates from every lamp he designed through the use of UFO like shapes and organic curves. Attention to detail, the use of high quality materials and finishes and a trim down on visibility of functional elements like switches and joints make his designs. As an example his designs are based on simple shapes, made from cylindrical tapes in some cases, and those basic design elements were used in subsequent designs. Hammerborg also proliferated the material use concept as seen in wooden furniture into his lamp designs, often three or more material versions were launched of his luminaires.
Manufacturer > Fog & Morup, Holmegaard glassworks
Masterpieces > NOVA lamp
Awards > Hammerborg’s lightning designs for Fog & Mørup won numerous prizes, among them a Buenos Aires Centro Investigacion de Diseno Industrial first prize in 1965 for the Nova and six iF International Forum Product Design Awards in 1969 and 1970 for the Classic, Tunika, Saturn, Diskos, and Hydras I and II
Check it out! JoHammerborg @ Furnip
Unfortunately not much factual background information can be found on Johannes Sorth. We do however judge that Johannes must have had a fetish for books judging from his impressive line of book cupboards, shelves and desk/shelves/secretary combination designs. Johannes Sorth owned Bornholm's Møblerfabrik and produced most of his own designs. Through focussing on the production of combination furniture he clearly aimed for growth through the urbanisation of Denmark in the sixties and seventies. These days one can imagine these space saving designs are quite popular in urban Asia and our own major cities. So, if you're housed on a few square feet, or if you just find them drop-dead-gorgeous, Sort out a Sorth!
From > Denmark
Signature > Book cupboards, shelves and desk shelves secretary combo designs
Brands > Owner of Bornholm's Mobler also called Nexø Møbelfabrik
Masterpiece > Oval cabinet and ‘Bornholms bookcase’
Check it out! JohannesSorth @ Furnip
Swedish national Folke Ohlsson was a popular designer throughout the fifties and sixties. His designs combine simplicity with more traditional elegant features laid on top of typical sixties designs. His designs are often credited as ‘Scandinavian Modern’ however also now and then referred to as ‘Danish Modern’.
He moved to San Francisco in 1953 to found his furniture company DUX Inc. Ohlsson there made the first serious commercial strides happen for knock-down furniture concepts. Knock-down furniture referring to items that are shipped in pieces and assembled by the customer. The concept optimized shipping costs and is nowadays run to perfection by those other Swedes, IKEA ;-)
Ohlsson was a highly coveted designer receiving a staggering 30 design awards in his days. His time independent designs are then understandably also heavily copied throughout the world. Ohlsson has clearly put Scandinavian furniture design on the map in the USA and for this he received in 1964 the Royal Order of Vasa-decoration of King Gustav VI Adolf from Sweden.
From > 1919 - 2003, Sweden
Architecture & design studio > Dux inc.
Signature > Traditional details combined with the simplicity and proportions of contemporary style in the 60's
Manufacturer > Dux inc and Fritz Hansen
Masterpiece > Scissor chair
Check it out! FolkeOhlsson @ Furnip
As a child Arne Hovmand Olsen had a passion for drawing. Because of this passion his parents arranged for an internship at P. Olsen Sibast. Quite a good move by the farmer’s family, as their son grew into a succesful mid-range designer with sizeable success in Denmark. Furthermore, much of his designs were exported to the US in the sixties!
After his study furniture design and placements with Mogens Kold and Bramin Møbelfabrik, Arne started his own furniture workshop to make his own designs. It was 1970 when he was forced to close his studio due to health issues.
One of his in our opinion better designs is the easy chair he designed for Bramin in the fifties. Also the Scissor chair for Mogens Kold is a design with character. These particular chairs inspired de Dutch Louis van Teeffelen to craft his similar Pelican chair for Wébé.
From > 1919 - 1989, Kirkeby Sogn in Denmark
Background > Internship at P. Olsen Sibast in 1938, followed by furniture-design school in Aarhus
Factories > Bramin, Mogens Kold, and self produced designs in his studio
Masterpiece > Scissor chair
Signature > his chairs, writing desks, tables, dressers and sideboards are typical Scandinavian with simple yet clear lining
Check it out! ArneHovmandOlsen @ Furnip
Industrial simplicity serving no one but mankind!
Børge Mogensen was a true pioneer. His ambition was to create sustainable and user centric furniture to enrich the life of it's user. Furniture made with simple and fashion free aesthetics freed from any thrills.
Mogensen completed his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1942, where Klaare Klint was one of his tutors. Soon after he took office as chief design of FDB møbler (Fredericia). He engaged on an ambitious endeavour to renew Danish furniture making. This would lead eventually to the creation of modernistic highly functional furniture that anyone could afford.
In 1950 Mogensen started his own design studio and soon thereafter lined up with a young interior architect and entrepeneur named Andreas Graversen. Several years later Graversen became the owner of FDB Møbler. Their cooperation yielded many famous designs right until the late sixties. One of which was the hunting chair.
Børge firmly believed that furniture had to create tranquility, not unrest. In addition, he was loved for his material use, working with solid oak, natural leather, wool and brass. Mogensen had the ability to create unique and distinct furniture with adjusting simple lining and accentuation of surfaces. Always with the intention to craft something that was easy to the eye and fit to mass produce.
“My goal is to create things that will serve man and give him the lead role, instead of, by the force of the devil adapt man to the things.”
In 1971 Børge and Andreas were rewarded with the Danish Furnituremakers Award for their contribution to the Danish furniture industry. Later, in 1972, Mogensen was appointed Honoury Royal Designer for Industry at the Royal Society of Arts in London. Examples of Mogensen's fine designs are on display in almost all self respecting design musea across the globe. And sometimes also in our webshop!
From > 1914-1972, Denmark
Achtergrond > Architecture, furniture design
Education > 1934 - 1938 cabinet-maker and furniture designer at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts before entering the school of furniture design at Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Architecture & design studio > In 1950 he opened his own design studio and cooperated with Adreas Graversen (the later owneer of FDB Møbler)
Signature > Simplistic designs, that breathe function and elegance
Manufacturer > FBD Møbler (Fredericia Furniture), Fritz Hansen and Søborg Møbler
Master > Klaare Klint
Masterpiece > The Spanish & hunting chair
Check it out! BørgeMogensen @ Furnip
Designer ahead of his time!
Ejvind Johansson is also referred to as the most famous unknown designer, not a very coveted title actually. If we have to guess much of this image has been caused because he was ahead of his time. Johansson was well know for his unorthodox style. Often mixing classical English and Scandinavian styles with modernistic simplistic shaping and through that created timeless pieces of furniture. To this day these are highly popular across the globe.
In 1956 he became head of design at FDB (Fredericia), where he filled the seat that Børge Mogensen left behind and Poul M. Volther before him. And although he fitted well with the movement at FDB, his style was slightly different. This particularly shows in the J67 chair. The chair base and the seat are FDB in every way, however the back of the chair is complex, organic and individualistic. He left FDB in 1958 to move on to design for Ivan Gern. It was for Gern that his most well known designs were made among which the Eye chair #84.
From > 1923 - 2002, Denmark
Education > Apprenticeship as a carpenter, College of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen 1942 -1946
Signature > Unconventional designs, combinations and construction methods
Brands > Ivan Gern, Federica Stolefabrik (FDB)
Masterpiece > J67 and the Eye chair #84 for Gern
Check it out! EjvindJohansson @ Furnip
Designer and producer
Most Danish mid-century designers did not self produce their designs. Typically they aligned themselves with one or more or multiple møbler factories. Exception to the rule is Christensen. For Slagelse Møbelvaerk he was both designer and owner. It was his own factory that produced his iconic #370 chair, beter known as the Boomerang. Slagelse Møbelvaerk also produced the Ib Kofod Larsen, Knud Faerch, Kurt Olsen and Arne Vodder designs.
Architecture & design studio > Owner and designer Slagelse Møbelvaerk
Signature > Teak and rosewood, mainly chairs and table sets
Manufacturer > Slagelse Møbelvaerk
Masterpiece > ‘Model No. 370’, the Boomerang chair
Check it out! ErikChristensen @ Furnip
You’ll find yourself to have much in common with Jimmy Carter and President Anwar Sadat, when you have an Arne Vodder designed piece of furniture in your home. These names from the past had their house interiors furnished with Arne Vodder designs. Also the UN office in Genèva, lots of hotels, banks and embassies ‘all over the world’ took in Arne Vodder designs in the fifties to early seventies. It made Arne Vodder one of the big names of mid-century modern and Danish design.
From > 1962 - 2010, Copenhagen
Background > Architecture, furniture design
Education > Royal Danish Academy of fine arts, Copenhagen
Master > Finn Juhl
Architecture & design studio > 1950 - 1970, together with Anton Borg
Signature > Simplicity, natural forms and materials such as rosewood and teak, colorful accents and panels.
Manufacturer > Arne Vodder made designs for a.o. Fritz Hansen, France & Søn, Slagelse Møbelvaerk, Nielaus, Kircodan (garden furniture) and Sibast furniture
Check it out! ArneVodder @ Furnip
Norwegian designer Henry Walter Klein, born in 1919, mastered many trades and has been a true asset for the Danish furniture design industry. Schooled as a linguist and mathematician he gained a number of degrees throughout his life as to be expected had many interests and talents. It was while serving in the navy he grew into carpentry. In 1949 he moved to Denmark to study at the prestigious Frederikberg Tekniske Skole, where he was taught by prominent Danish architect and interior designer, Finn Juhl.
After finishing school in 1952, Klein returned to Norway to establish his own furniture design studio. In that Norwegian period his designs however are clearly Danish mid century modern in style with recognizable use of fine woods like teak and well proportioned, well crafted forms. Later on, he became interested in using plastic to craft furniture. He invented new manufacturing methods using plastics and in parallel worked closely with Danish manufacturer Bramin in order to finance his plastic endeavours. Eventually he sold off his intellectual property on the plastics conversion methods to Bramin and Fritz Hansen. In 1960, Klein and his family moved to Denmark which allowed him to work full time at Bramin. He remained with the company until it closed in 1980.
From > 1919, Norway
Background > Linguist and mathematician
Master > Finn Juhll
Architecture & design studio > Founded his own design studio in Norway in 1952, but moved to Denmark in 1960 to work full time at Bramin
Signature > Use of fine woods like teak and well proportioned, well crafted forms
Manufacturer > Bramin and Fritz Hansen
Check it out! H.W.Klein @ Furnip
When asking Queen Elizabeth II for home interior tips, we would not be surprised if she would mention Ib Kofod-Larsen. During a visit to Denmark in 1958 she came into contact with his designs and liked them so much that she bought several pieces. In the fifties and sixties Kofod-Larsen gained popularity in Denmark, where he was famed for his style and sound materials selection. After a while he was valued in more countries in Scandinavia but also mainland Europe and UK. His sophisticated designs have collectors throughout the world, making his designs rare and highly coveted finds.
‘Let your home be your own little gallery’
From > 1921 - 2003, Denmark
Education > Royal Danish Academy of fine arts, Copenhagen
Design studio > Ib Kofob-Larsen designed furniture for many manufacturers, but made his most beautiful designs in the fifties for Faarup Møbelfabrik
Signature > Teak, rosewood, leather, clean lines and organic shapes
Awards > ‘Holmegaard glass competition’ and ‘Danish Cabinetmakers Guild’ award, both in 1948
Manufacturer > Faarup Møbelfabrik, High Wycombe, Carlo Gahrn, Petersens, Christensen & Larsen, Bovenkamp, Faary, Fredericia Furniture and G-plan
Masterpieces > ‘Model 66’, rosewood dressoir (1950), the Penguin chair (1953) and the U-56 or Elisabeth chair (1956)