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Fredrik A. Kayser Chairs

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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Creator: Fredrik A. Kayser
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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Vintage Scandinavian Egg Chair By Fredrik Kayser Ca 1960's
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Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual chair by Fredrik Kayser, Model No 860 for Vatne Lenestolfabrikk, Norway, ca' 1960's. Upholstered in natural Australian sheepskin. Legs are teak.
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Mid Century 711 Lounge Chair by Fredrik Kayser for Vatne Møbelfabrikk, c1950s
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Located in Chino Hills, CA
Step back in time with this breathtaking mid-century modern teak chair, designed by the renowned Norwegian designer Fredrik A. Kayser for Vatne Møbelfabrik in the 1950s. This iconic ...
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Bentwood Lounge Chair w/ Ottoman by Fredrik A. Kayser for Vatne, Denmark, 1960s
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Located in Deland, FL
As comfortable as it is aesthetically pleasing this visually stunning chair and ottoman set, designed by Fredrik A. Kayser for Vatne Møbler, is an exceptional example of Danish bentwood design. Constructed of Brazilian rosewood with fascinating curves and woodgrains this set is in 100% original, vintage condition. Though the fabric does show signs of wear, we wanted to leave the option of re-upholstery and fabric choice to the buyer. Please message us prior to checkout to discuss your options. Able to blend with a myriad of design backdrops from MCM to Contemporary to Spanish Hacienda...
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Fredrik Kayser Model 710 Armchair
By Vatne Møbler, Fredrik A. Kayser
Located in Brooklyn, NY
For your consideration is this rare, out-of-production Model 710 armchair which is similar to Fredrik Keyser's more common Model 711, but features a more upright seating position. Th...
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1960s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fredrik A. Kayser Chairs

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Adolf Relling & Frederik Kayser "Kaminstolen" for Arnestad Bruk, Norway, 1940s
By Fredrik A. Kayser, Adolf Relling
Located in Utrecht, NL
Designed in 1946 by Norwegian designers, Adolf Relling & Frederik Kayser, these so called “Kaminstolen” are a distinct pair thanks to their peculiar frame. The name can be roughly translated as “fireplace or stove chair”. Besides the unique look, these chairs’ manufacturer is also noteworthy as many of the Norwegian classic furniture pieces from the 1950s and 60s first saw the light of day at the furniture factory Arnestad bruk in Vollen. The fireplace chair as an expression refers to all kinds of chairs placed in front of fireplaces, connected by a single shared characteristic: their comfort. Here, comfort refers to both the ergonomic and visual aspect. Fireplace chairs usually come in pairs and feature an upholstered body designed for relaxing. The mahogany frames are very precisely crafted, showcasing the exciting angles and forms predominantly on the arms. At the same time, while there are numerous sharp angles and corners, the chairs still exude a cosy and welcoming appearance which is a result of the smoothed edges of the arms and legs. Both Relling and Kayser were of great importance for the functionalist furniture...
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1940s Norwegian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Fredrik A. Kayser Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Fredrik A. Kayser Rosewood Easy Chair, Model 711
By Fredrik A. Kayser, Vatne Møbler
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fredrik A. Kayser rosewood easy chair, model 711, produced by Vatne Møbler, Norway.
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Fredrik A. Kayser chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Fredrik A. Kayser chairs 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 chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Fredrik A. Kayser 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 chairs by Vatne Møbler, Edvin Helseth, and Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik. Prices for Fredrik A. Kayser chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,900 and can go as high as $6,600, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,062.

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