Easy Chair by Jørgen Høj and Poul Kjærholm, Denmark 1952

Easy Chair by Jørgen Høj and Poul Kjærholm, Denmark 1952

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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.

Condition:

Wear due to age and use. Item has some marks and scratches.

Dimensions:

25.99 in. W x 20.32 in. D x 23.63 in. H; seat height 7.88 in.

66 cm W x 77 cm D x 60 cm H; seat height 20 cm

Exhibitions:

Model presented at The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition at Designmuseum Danmark, 1952.

Literature:

Grete Jalk: “40 Years of Danish Furniture Design”, vol. 3. p. 220–221.

The Furniture of Poul Kjaerholm: Catalogue Raisonné, Sheridan, ppg. 24-25 Danish Chairs, Oda, p. 173

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