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Grete Jalk

Danish, 1920-2006

What would the reputation of mid-century Danish furniture be without legendary female designer Grete Jalk? A pioneer of Scandinavian modernism, Jalk sought to craft furniture that was both cost-efficient and high in quality, each piece made for the evolving interiors and design sensibilities of the day. She continues to be celebrated for her sleek and minimal armchairs, lounge chairs, coffee tables and more.

Jalk was born in 1920 in Copenhagen. She studied at the Drawing and Applied Art School for Women before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where famed designer Kaare Klint was among her instructors. Jalk completed her studies in 1946 and began a cabinetmaker apprenticeship. That same year, she won an award at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild competition. Jalk also participated in the 1951 Milan Triennial exhibition, where her designs earned more acclaim and attention.

In 1954, Jalk opened her own design studio and began working with major Danish furniture manufacturers like Fritz Hansen and Glostrup Møbelfabrik. She found inspiration in plywood experiments carried out by Alvar Aalto and Ray and Charles Eames, and she quickly became known for her pared-back, expressive designs, which touted fluid forms and were made of alluring woods such as teak and rosewood.

Jalk’s best-known work is the 1963 GJ chair, a collaboration with cabinetmaker Poul Jeppesen that won first place in the Daily Mail International Furniture Competition. Made of two pieces of molded teak plywood, the sculptural GJ lounge chair is part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

While creating her iconic furniture designs, Jalk wore many other hats. She taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and served as an editor of the Danish design magazine Mobilia from 1956–62 and 1968–74. In 1974, Jalk curated a traveling design exhibition for the Danish Foreign Ministry and was named a member of the Danish Design Council in 1981. She was also the editor of 40 Years of Danish Furniture Design: The Copenhagen Cabinet-makers' Guild Exhibitions 1927–1966, published in 1987.

Jalk passed away in 2006 at the age of 86. In 2008, Danish furniture manufacturer Lange Production was granted exclusive rights to reproduce the GJ chair, a design as fresh and original today as ever.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Grete Jalk seating, tables and storage pieces.

Iconic Designs from Grete Jalk
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Gj Chair
Gj Chair
Gj Table
Gj Table
Danish mid-century teak framed sofa with original spring coil cushions
By France & Daverkosen, Grete Jalk
Located in DK
This rare teak sofa designed ca. 1952 by Grete Jalk (1920-2006) has its original seat and back cushions with spring coils. The cushions are upholstered with the original green fabric...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Grete Jalk

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Fabric, Teak

Grete Jalk Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Design Teak Bookcases, 1950s
By Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, Grete Jalk
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern design teak bookcases set designed by Grete Jalk and produced by P. Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, movable vertical partition...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk

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Teak

Mid Century Teak Sofa by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, C1950s
By Grete Jalk
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Just in: Exquisite 1950s Teak Sofa by Grete Jalk for France & Søn - Refinished and Newly Reupholstered! Capture the essence of mid-century elegance with this stunning teak sofa, a timeless masterpiece designed by the renowned Danish designer Grete Jalk for France & Søn. Imbued with the sophistication and grace of the 1950s, this exceptional piece has been meticulously restored, refinished, and newly reupholstered to bring it back to its original splendor. Crafted from high-quality teak wood, this sofa showcases the iconic Scandinavian design principles that have become synonymous with timeless beauty and functionality. The warm, rich hues of the teak bring a sense of natural warmth to any space, while the sleek lines and tapered legs exemplify the clean, minimalist aesthetic of mid-century modern design. The refinishing process has breathed new life into this vintage gem, enhancing its natural beauty and preserving its authenticity. Carefully removing the years of wear and tear, the sofa now boasts a lustrous, smooth surface that highlights the exquisite grain patterns unique to teak wood. Additionally, the sofa has been professionally reupholstered to offer both comfort and style. Please note that this sofa retains original spring filled cushions. With its generous seating capacity, the sofa provides ample space for you and your loved ones to relax and unwind. The ergonomically designed cushions offer optimal support, ensuring hours of comfort as you curl up with a book or engage in meaningful conversations with friends and family. Owning this Grete Jalk teak sofa...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk

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Teak

Mid Century Modern Teak Side Table Designed by Grete Jalk for Glostrup, c1960s
By Glostrup Møbelfabrik, Grete Jalk
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Introducing a stunning vintage Mid-Century Modern teak side table by the renowned Danish designer Grete Jalk for Glostrup Møbelfabrik, dating back to the 1960s. This remarkable piece...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk

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Teak

Vintage Floating Danish Teak and Brass Square Coffee Table by Grete Jalk
By Grete Jalk, France & Daverkosen
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid century modern square coffee table designed by Grete Jalk for France & Daverkosen in teak. This timeless piece features brass accents and functions as a coffee table, occasional ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk

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Brass

Grete Jalk PJ-56 Rosewood Lounge, Chair 1950s
By Poul Jeppesen, Grete Jalk
Located in London, GB
Grete Jalk Model PJ-56 lounge chair A beautiful lounge chair designed by Grete Jalk for cabinetmaker Poul Jeppesen in Denmark, circa 1956. This examples come in stunning rosewood ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk

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Leather, Rosewood

Grete Jalk PJ-56 Rosewood Lounge, Chair 1950s
Grete Jalk PJ-56 Rosewood Lounge, Chair 1950s
H 33.47 in W 27.96 in D 31.11 in
Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair by Grete Jalk, PJ56 Highback Model, c1960s
By Grete Jalk, Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik
Located in Chino Hills, CA
For sale is an iconic mid-century modern lounge chair crafted by the renowned Danish designer, Grete Jalk, for Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik. This is the highly sought-after PJ56 high b...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk

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Leather, Teak

Two 1950s Danish "118" Lounge Chairs in Teak by Grete Jalk
By Grete Jalk, France & Daverkosen
Located in Shepperton, Surrey
A pair of "model 118" lounge chairs in teak by Danish designer Grete Jalk for France and Daverkosen. These early 1950s chairs have a beautiful streamlined design, with sculpted a...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Grete Jalk

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Teak

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Gj Chair
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Number Available
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Grete Jalk furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Grete Jalk 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 Grete Jalk furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Grete Jalk were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Erik Buch, Kurt Østervig, and Hans Olsen. Prices for Grete Jalk furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $887 and can go as high as $21,073, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,018.

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