Vintage Hans Olsen furniture

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2015-06-26 10:32:23

Vintage Hans Olsen furniture is original furniture created by the danish designer Hans Olsen.

Brief history and description

Hans Olsen was a Danish furniture designer, born in 1919. Olsen studied at the Royal Danish Academy Furniture School, and from there evolved his own unique style, experimenting with style, texture and different materials.

Olsen is not considered amongst the Danish modern school, but did design pieces for many mainstream Scandinavian manufacturers. He established his own studio in 1953.

Amongst his most distinctive styles is his Bikini Chair, made from bent slats of laminated wood. The chair was first released in 1968. Olsen died in 1992.

Guide for collectors

Hans Olsen furniture frequently reaches high prices at auction. Not only does his work appear at conventional mainstream auctioneers and specialist auctions, but rare finds may be discovered at online auctioneers such as eBay, often for markedly lower prices than collectors would find elsewhere.

A selection of Hans Olsen pieces are also available at specialist websites such as ScandinavianMod.com, which caters to collectors of mid-century Scandinavian design, and features not only a regularly updated collection of such items, but information on the designers, including Olsen himself.

Design site Architonic.com features an online catalogue of the designer’s work, featuring full-colour photographs which could prove useful to collectors in correctly identifying Olsen’s work, which should be an essential part of any prospective collector’s search.

Value

The highest price paid at auction for a Hans Olsen piece is for a lot comprising a pair of lounge chairs, sold for $4,250 on 31st March 2011 from Wright auctioneers. In a similar price range, Hans Olsen’s ‘Fried Egg’ chair sold from Treadway Gallery on 22nd May 2011 for $3,750.

Hans Olsen’s dining table and chair sets typically sell for between $600-700 at auction, and sofas in a used condition sell for similar prices.

The lowest price paid for a Hans Olsen piece of $60, for a leather chair and ottoman, sold from Jackson’s Auction on 29th March 2006.

(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)

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