Offered by: H. Gallery
Concordiastraat 68 - 127 Utrecht 3551EM , Netherlands Call Seller 0031302270051


Frits Schlegel Beech Armchair for Fritz Hansen, Denmark 1940s

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  • Description
    Frits Schlegel was a defining Danish functionalist architect and designer, and while highly successful as an architect, from the 1930s onwards, he also designed a number of furniture lines with inspiration from the Bauhaus movement.

    This rather rare armchair stands as evidence why many Danish architects succeeded at the craft of furniture design. The precision of the structure and the cord weaving is evident at first glance, showing great geometric order. Driven by function, Schlegel’s focus on practicality, structural stability, and a design in favour of these principles can be observed in the straight lines and absence of excess decoration. He saw possibilities in the aesthetics of modernist design and materials; becoming one of the first architects in Denmark to experiment with concrete in architecture. The use of the (then) still underrated material of Danish cord is therefore no surprise. Noteworthy for its durability, Danish cord is also beloved for its functional and aesthetic qualities. As the name implies, it is a product of Denmark that became an important material in the Danish Modern period of the 1940s and 1950s. The woven or basket form of seat of this rocking chair has a tight, visually pleasing pattern in great condition. This armchair has an equally arresting beech structure that shows great craftsmanship.

    This rare model’s simplicity and honest elegance combined with mid-century Danish modernism makes it an exceptional piece of furniture. The woven seating gives it a warm and cosy feel all while staying very functional. The manufacturer, Fritz Hansen is world-famous to this day as being among the most famous Danish companies to ever produce furniture.

    In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The wood has minor scratches and discoloration. Some old woodworm marks on the legs.

    22.04 in W x 20.86 in D x 31.49 in H; Seat height 18.5 in
    56 cm W x 53 cm D x 80 cm H; Seat height 47 cm

    This armchair will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the work in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Denmark
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Wood
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The wood has minor scratches and discoloration. Some old woodworm marks on the legs.
    Creation Date: 1940s
    Styles / Movements: Collectible Design, Mid Century, Scandinavian Modern
    Dealer Reference #: 20210858
    Incollect Reference #: 502738
  • Dimensions
    W. 22.05 in; H. 31.5 in; D. 20.87 in;
    W. 56 cm; H. 80 cm; D. 53 cm;
    Seat H. 18.5 in;
    Seat H. 47 cm;
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