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Fredrik A. Kayser

Norwegian, 1924-1968

Fredrik A. Kayser’s light, graceful, ultra-functional chairs, credenzas and dining room tables made him one of the foremost Scandinavian modern creators of his time. An apprentice-level carpenter by trade, he had his first design mass-produced at the young age of 15, foreshadowing a glorious future in the furniture industry.

Rastad & Relling, in Oslo, gave Kayser his start in furniture design straight out of the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry (now the Oslo National Academy of the Arts) in 1945. After a failed attempt to open his own factory, the young but determined designer returned to his former employer and stayed until 1956, when he successfully exited to launch a design studio. He offered freelance design services, created pieces for furnituremaker Viken Møbelfabrikk and collaborated with Knut Sæter, of armchair manufacturer Vatne Lenestolfabrikk.

Kayser and Sæter’s furniture was efficiently made to be packed flat, shipped and assembled at its destination. Introducing this innovative design to the world at the export fair in Helsingør in 1958, the pair found it well received. The partnership between Kayser and Sæter lasted until Kayser’s untimely death a decade later.

Kayser’s mid-century modern pieces won several accolades. In 1960, the iconic, streamlined Model 711 series won first prize in the Industry Council for Furniture and Furnishing Industry’s chair competition. And the Model 108 easy chair, created in 1965, won the Award for Design Excellence in 1968 and found fame at the Collection Price Furniture Fair in Oslo in 1983. Many of his pieces are still in production today, including rosewood and teak easy chairs and high-backed lounge chairs.

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Nordic Teak Arm Chair by Fredrik A. Kayser, 1950s
By Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in St-Brais, JU
A very rare teak arm chair designed by Fredrik A. Kayser. Made in Norway in the 1950s by the furniture manufacturer Vatne Lenestolfabrikk. The ch...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Fredrik A. Kayser

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Wool, Upholstery, Teak

Vintage Fredrik A. Kayser Teak, Leather & Brass Easy Chair #563, Norway, 1950s
By Vatne Møbler, Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A brilliantly-conceived compact lounge chair in patinated hand-sculpted teak and cognac leather upholstery with baseball stitching designed by Norwegian industrial designer Fredrik A...
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1950s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fredrik A. Kayser

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Leather, Beech, Teak

Vintage Teak Pair of the Kamin Chair by Kayser & Relling, Norway, 1950s
By Fredrik A. Kayser, Adolf Relling
Located in Stockholm, SE
A great pair of the iconic "Kaminstolen" or "The Fire place chair" made by the Norwegian designers Fredrik Kayser & Adolf Relling and then produced by...
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1950s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fredrik A. Kayser

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Teak, Wool

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Fredrik Kayser for Vatne Møbler, 1960s
By Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Elegant and exceptionally rare vintage circa 1968 model 108 lounge chairs, designed by Fredrik Kayser for Vatne Möbler. The frame of the chairs is made with a stunning rosewood. ...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fredrik A. Kayser

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Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Fredrik Kayser Lounge Chairs
By Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant pair of sculptural rosewood lounge chairs by the Danish designer Fredrik A. Kayser. This impressive mid-century pair of armchairs make comfortable office seating area chairs,...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fredrik A. Kayser

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Rosewood, Upholstery

Fredrik A. Kayser Rosewood Lounge Chair
By Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Fredrik A. Kayser rosewood lounge chair.
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20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Fredrik A. Kayser

Fredrik A. Kayser Teak Vatne Lenestolfrabikk Side Tray Table, Norway, 1950s
By Vatne Møbler, Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in Rome, IT
Solid teak side table with removable tray, Norway, 1950s circa. Made and marked by VATNE Lenestolfabrikk Norway, by the designer Fredrik A. Kays...
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1950s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fredrik A. Kayser

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Wood, Teak

1960s Fredrik Kayser Rosewood Sofa and Lounge Chair by Vatne
By Vatne Møbler, Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in Knebel, DK
1960s Fredrik Kayser 3-seat rosewood sofa and lounge chair by Vatne This very elegant four-seat sofa set was designed by one of Norway's most iconic Designers, Fredrik A. Kayser f...
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1960s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fredrik A. Kayser

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Fabric, Rosewood

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Fredrik A. Kayser furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Fredrik A. Kayser furniture 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 Fredrik A. Kayser furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 40 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 1 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Fredrik A. Kayser were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in scandinavia during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Adolf Relling and Rolf Rastad, Sven Ivar Dysthe, and Vatne Møbler. Prices for Fredrik A. Kayser furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,189 and can go as high as $16,426, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,650.

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