This important chair, created to sit in front of an open fireplace, was first exhibited at the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s Guild Exhibition in 1939 where it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece of modern design. It was a structural innovation, and its method of design has been repeatedly adapted by other designers ever since. The separation of the upholstered seat from the wooden frame, the distinctive x-shaped cross bar under the seat and the unique shape of the top of the arm, set this chair aside from anything that had come before. Contemporary reviewers raved that it “had everything that one would expect from a design winning first prize in a design competition”, and that “the cooperation between architects and cabinetmaker is more successful here than anywhere else.”
Manufacturer: Cabinetmaker Gustav Bertelsen & Co.
Erik Zahle, Scandinavian Domestic Design, London, 1963, p. 89, illustrated.
Grete Jalk, ed., 40 Years of Danish Furniture Design: The Copenhagen Cabinet-makers’ Guild Exhibitions 1927-1966, Copenhagen, 1987, vol. 1I, 1937-1946, pp. 108-110, illustrated pp. 109 and 110.
Arne Carlsen and Christian Ejlers, Dansk Møbel Kunst, Aarhus, 1990, pp. 146-147, illustrated.
Noritsugu Oda, Danish Chairs, Japan, 1996, pp. 44-45, illustrated.
Bodil Busk Laursen, Søren Matz, Christian Holmsted Olesen, eds., catalogue of the exhibition, Mesterværker – 100 års møbelsnedkeri, Kronborg, Helsingør, October 13-December 3, 2000, English summary, p. 4, illustrated, design sketch for the chair illustrated p. 78.