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Gjerløv-Knudsen and Lind Pair of Black Moduline Slipper Chairs
By Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen and Torben Lind, France & Søn
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen & Torben Lind for France & Søn, moduline chairs in oak and leather, by Denmark, 1962. Modern and beautiful colored modular easy chairs that can be adjusted to a ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Modular Slipper Chair and Table Elements by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen for France & Søn
By Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen and Torben Lind, France & Søn
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Modular slipper chair and table elements by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen for France & Søn. Fine grain tufted black leather seat and back and beautiful rosewood top over solid rosewood frames....
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

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Rosewood, Leather

Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard Lounge Chair, 1961
By Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Peter Hvidt, France & Søn
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Very nice single lounge chair designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard Nielsen for France & Son, Denmark 1961. This chair has a solid teak frame and is upholstered in bright blue fa...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Slipper Chairs

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  • Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard Lounge Chair, 1961
  • Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard Lounge Chair, 1961
  • Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard Lounge Chair, 1961
  • Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard Lounge Chair, 1961
H 29.93 in. W 27.17 in. D 29.53 in.
Impeccable Black Leather Slipper Chair by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen for France & Søn
By Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen and Torben Lind, France & Søn
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impeccable black leather slipper chair by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen and Torben Lind for France & Søn. Fine grain leather tufted seat and back over solid rosewood frame. Original France & S...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

france-and-son Biography and Important Works

Danish manufacturer France & Søn is best known for its prolific output of elegant mid-century modern furnishings in teak and leather, yet its multinational beginnings took shape during the 1930s.

After businessman Charles William Fearnley France (1897–1972) moved from his native England to Denmark in 1936, he began to operate a small mattress factory alongside his friend Eric Daverkosen, a Danish cabinetmaker, under the name France & Daverkosen. Shortly afterward, Daverkosen passed away, and when Denmark was invaded during the Second World War, Charles was captured and sent to a prison camp in Germany. When he was released, the British entrepreneur set out to produce furniture in the early 1950s, setting up a shop in Hillerød to manufacture the kind of sleek beech and teak goods that were gaining widespread acclaim around the world. In 1957, France’s son James joined the business, and the company changed its name to reflect the addition.

Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, France & Søn produced a stunning array — and staggering quantity — of designs, with elegant modernist lounge chairs and armchairs, teak and rosewood dining tables and other furnishings by the likes of Finn Juhl, Grete Valk, Ole Wanscher, Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen all gracing its catalogues.

Even as there was a focus on mass production at France & Søn — and the brand doesn’t quite enjoy the same renown as fellow mid-century Danish furniture makers such as Carl Hansen & Søn — Charles France believed in making quality furniture, and the company’s offerings evoke the warmth of the handcrafted work that is typically associated with Scandinavian modernism.

In the 1960s, the company was bought by Danish designer Poul Cadovius, who folded it into the operations at CADO, a company he founded during the 1950s. Surviving examples of early work from the brand as well as modern icons by the likes of Verner Panton that followed in later years continue to be in demand.

Find a collection of France & Søn furniture on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.