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Bernt Petersen Stools

Danish, 1937-2017

Architect and designer Bernt Petersen created a range of minimalist Scandinavian modern furniture that is today prized by collectors. His vintage desks, chairs, tables and other pieces for manufacturers such as Wørts Møbelsnedkeri and Søborg Møbelfabrik were made largely in light woods such as ash and beech, and his work is recognizable by its fluid architectural qualities and impeccably clean lines.

Just as other Danish modernists such as Hans Wegner, Børge Mogensen and Finn Juhl had, Petersen prioritized function over form and believed in the honesty of the materials with which he worked. He strived to create durable pieces for the home and adhere to the principles of traditional craftsmanship. 

Petersen’s work was free of opulent ornamentation and surface embellishments — he created inviting high-backed mahogany dining chairs that were upholstered in leather and understated credenzas in rosewood. His linoleum-topped desks in solid pine stood on slender legs and featured exposed finger joints, which drew attention to his prioritization of age-old woodworking techniques. Vintage editions of his revered Rag chair for Schiang Denmark, framed in pine, offer mid-century elegance and ergonomic comfort for the guests in your living room. 

Petersen set on his path of furniture making early, training as a cabinetmaker. He went on to attend the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, and graduated in 1960. Petersen subsequently worked for a time with Mobilia and for the aforementioned Wegner — a prolific designer of iconic seating and enthusiast of the finest methods in joinery — before opening his own workshop in 1963. Petersen saw a fair amount of success in producing his own furniture, particularly as the popularity of Scandinavian modern furniture had grown around the world and especially in the United States.

Petersen taught at the Denmark Design School from 1973 to 1978, and then went on to lecture at the Royal Danish Academy's Furniture School from 1978 to 1985. He won awards from the Danish Furniture Manufacturers’ Association, the Danish Society of Arts and Crafts, and other organizations. 

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Creator: Bernt Petersen
Scandinavian Modern Birch and Rattan Stools by Bernt Petersen, Denmark, 1950s
By Bernt Petersen, Henrik Wørts Møbelsnedkeri
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bernt Petersen Stools

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Stool in patinated oak and cane, designed by Benrt Petersen, made by Wørts' Møbelsnedker. Great original condition.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bernt Petersen Stools

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Bernt Petersen stools for sale on 1stDibs.

Bernt Petersen stools are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Bernt Petersen stools, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original stools by Bernt Petersen were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in scandinavia during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider stools by Poul Hundevad, A.P. Stolen, and Hans J. Wegner. Prices for Bernt Petersen stools can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $4,045 and can go as high as $4,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,423.

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