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Easy chair by Jørgen Høj and Poul Kjærholm, Denmark 1952

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin Denmark
Period 1950-1979
Materials Wood
W. 25.98 in; D. 30.31 in;
W. 66 cm; D. 77 cm;
Seat H. 23.62 in;
Seat H. 60 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use; item has some small marks and scratches
Creation Date 1952
Description Designed in 1952 by Jørgen Høj and Poul Kjærholm for Thorald Madsen Cabinetmakers, this easy chair in ash and flag halyard is a true modernist masterpiece. Removing everything that was not strictly neccesary for it’s shape and function, the designers created a geometrical and transparent work, that is subtle and subdued while screaming for attention at the same time.

The work was presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition at the Designmuseum Danmark in 1952, actually the only time Kjærholm participated in this event and although the design was daring for it’s time, it was welcomed as breath of fresh air at the exhibition. As a reviewer at the time wrote:⠀

"The most ‘progressive’ interior… was no doubt the one made by architects Jørgen Høj and Poul Kjærholm in collaboration with Thorald Madsen.⠀

… One has to admit that it provided a refreshing change from the pervading solemnity. It is the duty of all exhibitions to present experiments of this kind wich are delightful to some and outrageous to others.”⠀

The work comes with it’s original flag haylard, has a beautiful lightly patinated ash frame and was produced by Thorald Madsen in the 1960s.
Styles / Movements Minimalist, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Book References Grete Jalk: “40 Years of Danish Furniture Design”, vol. 3. p. 220–221.
Catalog References The Furniture of Poul Kjaerholm: Catalogue Raisonné, Sheridan, ppg. 24-25 Danish Chairs, Oda, p. 173
Incollect Reference Number 285725
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