Danish designers created many beautiful furniture in the 20th century, and furniture of this period has become particularly popular in recent decades. Over the past 100 years, Danish architects have designed more than 10,000 different pieces of furniture. Many of them are now known all over the world. Egg and Swan chair by Arne Jacobsen, Corona chair by Paul M. Voltaire and Ox chair by Hans J. Wegner is just a few examples. Most of the furniture from the 1930s and 1950s is still in production and can be found in many homes around the world. But what is the backstory of this piece of furniture and why it has become so popular?
Reflecting on Danish furniture design, people often think about functionalism and minimalism. Furniture from the 1930s and 1950s was often made by hand or industrially. Examples include Kaare Klint’s classic handmade chairs and Verner Panton’s plastic wild chairs. Despite the fact that we are talking about furniture of industrial production, it should not be associated with today’s mass production. Industrial production simply meant that it was impossible to make furniture, such as an Ant chair and a Swan chair, by hand, as their shape and shape were designed to be produced on machines. Although most of today’s retro furniture is originally made in an industrial way, it has always been very expensive. This was and is due to high-quality, expensive leather and manual labor associated with uphol yising furniture.
When it comes to retro design from Denmark 50s, you don’t need to think only about chairs, there are also many other retro items that were created around the same time. Many Danish architects also did other things, such as lamps (Paul Henningsen, Werner Panton and others), watches and cutlery. For example, when Arne Jacobsen designed the Radisson SAS Royal, he designed not only the building, but everything from cutlery to furniture (e.g. Swan, Egg and Drop). Another example of retro objects of that era – toys of Koi Boyesen.
The popularity of a piece of furniture in the mid-20th century is probably due to its often smooth lines and sometimes unusual shape, not to mention its high quality. Some of the furniture of this period has also been updated by selling a variety of colors and fabrics.