Others

A number of partnerships have left their stamp on Danish furniture design. Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen (1901–1982) were both students of Kaare Klint, and while his influence is clearly visible in their early pieces, later works are marked by a more sculptural idiom.

Ejnar Larsen (1917–1987) and Aksel Bender Madsen (1916–?) designed a variety of fine pieces in mostly teak and rosewood.

Peter Hvidt (1916–1986) and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen (1907–1993) are best known for their “Ax-Chair” from 1950, but the “X-Chair”, designed in 1960, is even more refined.

Preben Fabricius (1931–1984) and Jørgen Kastholm (1938–) have at times been overshadowed by Poul Kjærholm because of their use of similar materials, but as the sculptural, yet simple “Scimitar” or “Horseshoe” Chair from 1962 clearly shows, their work is indeed very original.

Another group of designers is also worth mentioning. While most cabinetmakers collaborated with architects, some took on the task of designing as well as producing. Jacob Kjær (1896–1957) and Frits Henningsen (unknown) are the most well-known representatives of this tendency and they were both exponents of a very classical idiom.

Another exceptionally skilled cabinetmaker, Peder Moos (1906–?), designed a fine collection of pieces, characterized by unusual designs and delicate details.

Among the few women who have ventured into Danish furniture design, two stand out. Grete Jalk (1920–) is perhaps best known for her considerable contribution to the written debate, but her finest piece is the timeless, unconventional plywood chair from 1963. Nanna Ditzel (1923–2005) has always been a pioneer in terms of using new materials and production techniques. For more than fifty years, she has been an active force in creating furniture, interiors, textiles and jewellery.

Other noteworthy architects include Mogens Koch (1898–1992) who designed a brilliant system of bookcases (1928) as well as a folding chair (1932), radical in its simple design and unpretentious materials. Helge Vestergaard Jensen (1917–1987) minimized the constructions of his designs in order to obtain simple and elegant results. And Bernt (1937–) has designed an array of fine pieces, most notably a small, light stool (1959) with beautifully shaped legs.

Bernt: Stool
Bernt: Stool, 1959
Made by Wörts. Rosewood and cane

Images

Bernt: Stool

Frits Henningsen: Chair

Frits Henningsen: Easy Chair

Jacob Kjær: UN Chair

Fabricius & Kastholm: Scimitar Chair

Grete Jalk: Chair

Hvidt & Mølgaard: X Chair

Ib Kofod-Larsen: Elizabeth Sofa and Chair

Vestergaard Jensen: Coffee Table

Vestergaard Jensen: Chair

T & E Kindt-Larsen: The Fireplace Chair

T & E Kindt-Larsen: Chair

Larsen & Bender-Madsen: Metropolitan Chair

Larsen & Bender-Madsen: Bench

Mogens Koch: Bookcase

Nanna Ditzel: Childrens Chair

Nanna Ditzel: Hanging Chair

Nanna Ditzel: Chair

Nanna Ditzel: Chair

Nanna Ditzel: Reel Chair

Bodil Kjær: Desk

Niels O. Møller: Chair

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