Mid century Danish modern furniture designers



2015-06-26 10:40:26

Mid-century Danish modern furniture designers are Danish designers who have created functional furniture in the Mid Century Modern style made popular during the mid-20th century.


Arne Jacobsen

One of the most influential Danish mid-century furniture designers is Arne Jacobsen. Many of his works were inspired by the creations of famed mid-century modern design proponents Ray and Charles Eames. The Chair 7, which Jacobsen created in 1955, is an example of a piece that reflects the heavy influence of the duo on the designer. Another of Jacobsen’s more popular works is the Ant chair which was entirely fashioned out of a single piece of plywood. This space-saving stackable chair also features three metal legs.

In 1957, the designer came out with the Swan chair, a piece who many people say possess a design that is uniquely Jacobsen. The chair’s interior was made out of fibreglass padded with foam rubber and covered in either leather or stretch fabric. The following year, the designer introduced the Egg, a chair whose compact construction snugly contained the sitter.

Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl is a Danish furniture designer who made pieces at about the same time Arne Jacobsen was active in the furniture industry. Among others, Finn Juhl was known for his wood-frame couches and seats that had asymmetrical backs. In 1949, Juhl introduced the limited edition Chieftain chair, which features luxurious leather backs, seats, and arm flaps. There were reportedly fewer than 100 of these chairs made, with many ending up in Danish diplomatic offices.

Hans Wegner

Hans Wegner apprenticed at Arne Jacobson’s furniture workshop before venturing out with his own distinctive line. An example of a furniture piece that helped propel the Wegner brand in the furniture industry was the Windsor-inspired Peacock chair, which features a generous back and wide cord seat. The designer’s most popular piece however is inarguably the Round chair, which was first released in 1949 and was known to have been used in a televised 1960 presidential debate participated in by Nixon and Kennedy. Today, this piece is simply referred to as the Chair.

Børge Mogensen

Børge Mogensen is best known for his elegant and functional office furniture pieces. Among his notable works are the 1949 Shell and 1950 Hunt chairs. In 1953, Mogensen came out with the all-white Sleigh chair which features pointed arms and sled-like feet.

Verner Panton

In the year 1954, Panton released to the market a chair that was constructed out of a single piece of plywood. It had a curvy design and its back, seat, and legs formed an S. Many of his early works though beautifully crafted, were criticized for being too heavy. During the 1960s Herman Miller, an American furniture maker created a Panton-chair look alike that was made out of molded plastic. During the latter part of his career, Panton experimented with new methods and materials. Examples of pieces that were borne out of these initiatives were a table that rested on an upside down cone and a chair shaped like a cone and constructed purely of out zinc wire.


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