Danish Modern tables and chairs, desks and dressers, and other types of furniture from the postwar period are recognizable for their simple, elegant, and airy forms. Many of the pieces, which were typified by their clean, sweeping lines, were of very high quality. As a result, excellent examples of vintage Danish Modern furniture are still available in usable condition.
One of the most influential Danish Modern designers was Arne Jacobsen, whose early work was itself influenced by the output of Charles and Ray Eames in the late 1940s, when Mid-century Modern was just beginning to flower. Jacobsen’s successful, stackable, and space-saving Ant chair from 1952 had three metal legs and was made out of a single piece of molded plywood. Other pieces, such as the 7 Chair from 1955, were even more like the work of the Eameses.
In 1957, a purely Jacobsen aesthetic arrived with the release of the Swan chair, which wrapped its users in a palm-like embrace. The interior of the chair was constructed of a fiberglass shell, which was then covered in foam rubber and upholstered in either a stretch fabric or leather. Jacobsen’s Egg chair from 1958 enveloped the sitter to an even greater extent, creating a mini-interior space out of just a single piece of furniture.
Finn Juhl was a contemporary of Jacobsen. He took a more sculptural approach with his wood-frame seats and couches, whose backs were often asymmetrical. His 1949 Chieftain chair, with leather seats and backs, and tongue-like leather flaps on the wooden arms, is one of his rarest pieces. Fewer than 100 of these handsome chairs were made, mostly for Danish embassies.
Hans Wegner got his start in Jacobsen’s office, but he quickly made a name for himself in the world of Danish furniture design and beyond. His Peacock chair from 1947 was a riff on the classic Windsor chair, with a wider cord seat and a fuller, radiating back. But Wegner is probably best known for the 1949 Round chair, which was so highly regarded it was used by Nixon and Kennedy in a 1960 presidential debate. Today it is known simply as The Chair.
Børge Mogensen designed office furniture, from desks to chairs, of elegant simplicity that harmonized form with functionality. His teak Shell chair from 1949 seemed constructed out of the sort of organic shapes one might find in the sand at the beach. Mogensen’s low-slung Hunt chair from 1950 was more straightforward, while his Sleigh chair from 1953 was a confection in white, with sled-like feet and pointed arms that were just whimsical enough to suggest use by a certain jolly bearded man in a red coat.
Verner Panton is a Danish bridge to the swinging 1960s. In 1954, Panton made a chair entirely out of a single piece of molded plywood, so that the legs, seat, and back formed an S. The pieces were too heavy to be practical, more like examples of sculpture than seating. But technology caught up with Panton in the 1960s, when the U.S. furniture maker Herman Miller produced a similar-looking Panton chair out of molded plastic. In the 1960s, Panton explored the cone shape, designing a table that rested on an inverted cone, as well as a cone-shaped chair made of zinc wire, whose see-through frame held a vibrantly colored cushioned seat and backrest.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Herman Miller Consortium Collection
Buffalo Architecture and History
The Mid Century Modernist
Kentucky Online Arts Resource
Work of Charles and Ray Eames
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Danish Modern Furniture
Source: Google News
Interiors: a Barcelona boltholeThe Guardian, February 27th
His vast store, just south of Avenue Diagonal in the smartest part of the Catalan capital, is more than just a place to buy furniture and flowers – its bar and cafe have become something of a clubhouse for the city's fashion crowd. The only competition...Read more
Buckhead high-rise with mid-century styleAtlanta Journal Constitution, February 27th
The 30th-floor unit is the smallest penthouse in the complex, yet the layout was ideal for his mid-century modern furniture and abstract art, he said. With its clean lines and lack of bulk, the furniture doesn't block the scenery or ability to walk...Read more
Norway's Ekornes ASA Getting A Boost From Falling Oil (EKRNF)Seeking Alpha (registration), February 27th
IMG manufactures similar ergonomic Scandinavian furniture in Thailand and Vietnam, with sales offices in Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia, and partnerships in the US and Canada. They will remain an independent entity within the Ekornes group, ...Read more
Inspired Interiors: Mid-Century Modern stars in 2015Indianapolis Star, February 26th
Mid-Century Modern continues its rise in popularity, both the real deal and 21st-century interpretations. From classic outdoor styles revisited to Danish modern chairs and entertainment consoles right out of the 1950s, Mid-Century Modern furniture is...Read more
A Willy Rizzo étagère, circa 1970.Architectural Digest (blog), February 25th
When he moved to Rome with his wife in the '60s, he didn't want to decorate his apartment with the then-popular Scandinavian furniture, finding it uncomfortable and too plain. Thus Rizzo made his own, inspired by great modern architects like his close...Read more
A Lovingly Appointed West Village Loft at 708 Greenwich St. Inspires Design EnvyNew York Observer, February 25th
In the living room, an elegant, old-fashioned mantelpiece (above the wood-burning fireplace) was flanked by restrained, mid-century modern couches and chairs, while a hutch opposite the white subway-tiled kitchen was filled with antique silver offset...Read more
Europe's best winter getawaysCNN, February 24th
If your taste tends toward fewer hard surfaces and right angles, the four-room Brücke 49 embodies the distinctive Danish ethos of hygge, or coziness, but with some Midcentury-inspired flair: Finn Juhl chairs, 1960s Le Klint lamps, Vola showers and...Read more
Mid-century modern furniture continues its popularity among hip homeownersLA Daily News, February 5th
Mid-century modern furniture has a vibe to it that — even after all these years — resonates with hip homeowners looking for sleek lines, bright colors and simplicity. It's a particularly useful style for those looking to make the most of smaller...Read more