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Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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.

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Creator: Grete Jalk
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 Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Pair Mid Century Danish Modern Beech Lounge Chairs by Grete Jalk - John Stuart
By Grete Jalk, John Stuart
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous pair of Beech Mid Century Danish Modern Lounge Chairs by Grete Jalk for John Stuart. Cushions are fairly new and in excellent condition with very little wear. Wood frames we...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Rubber, Beech, Lacquer

Purple Grete Jalk Teak Lounge Chair for France and Son
By France & Søn, Grete Jalk
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Here is the France and Son Model 118 in teak by designer Grete Jalk. This 1950s/60s Danish lounge chair is refinished and has brand new upholstery. The frame is solid teak, and was...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Teak

Longue Chair By Grete Jalk for france and Son 1950s
By Grete Jalk
Located in Čelinac, BA
Grete Jalk Longue Chair Denmark for France and Son 1950
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Mid Century Lounge Chairs by Grete Jalk for Golstrup
By Grete Jalk
Located in Oakland, CA
Pair of Midcentury Danish stained beech lounge chairs designed by Grete Jalk for Glostrup Mobelfabrik, 1965, Denmark. Crafted from walnut-stained solid beech, these chairs feature sl...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Beech

Mid-Century Design Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, Denmark, 1950s
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This exquisite lounge chair exemplifies the essence of Scandinavian design, created by Grete Jalk and crafted by France and Son ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Mid-Century Design Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, Denmark, 1950s
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This exquisite lounge chair exemplifies the essence of Scandinavian design, created by Grete Jalk and crafted by France and Son ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Vintage Danish Mid Century Modern Teak Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Grete Jalk
By Grete Jalk
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful Scandinavian modern easy chair in solid teak designed by Grete Jalk and manufactured by France & Son in Denmark in the 1960's paired with a period correct ottoman...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Teak

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 Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs for France & Son Model 128
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in San Francisco, CA
Grete Jalk design lounge chairs, Model 128 for France & Son Denmark. Beautiful design lounge chairs with curved arms and an attractive double splat back. Refinished teak wood frames ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

Grete Jalk Model-128 Teak & Boucle Lounge Chair for France & Søn
By France & Søn, Grete Jalk
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

Danish Mid-Century Armchair, Teak Easy Chair by Grete Jalk, France & Søn, 1950s
By France & Søn, Grete Jalk
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This beautiful lounge chair was designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son in the 1950s in Denmark. The elegant shape and the fra...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Danish Santos Rosewood Model 56 Armchair by Grete Jalk for Poul Jeppesen
By Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, Grete Jalk
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
A very good example of this high quality lounge chair by Grete Jalk for Poul Jeppesen, in finely marked solid Santos Rosewood, or Machaerium Scleroxylon, a sustainable timber, hence ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Hardwood

Danish Mid-Century Armchair, Teak Easy Chair by Grete Jalk, France & Søn, 1950s
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This beautiful lounge chair was designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son in the 1950s in Denmark. The elegant shape and the fra...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Lounge Chair 118 in Teak & Bouclé by Grete Jalk for France & Son, Denmark
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in Vorst, BE
Grete Jalk Lounge chair model 118 in Teak. Manufactured by France & Son in Denmark, probably in the 1950s. The chair is in a very nice restored state. Th structure in solid te...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Foam, Teak

Pair of Teak Armchairs by Grete Jalk by Poul Jeppesen in 1956
By Poul Jeppesens Møbelfabrik, Grete Jalk
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
This image features a pair of mid-century modern armchairs accompanied by a matching stool, designed by Grete Jalk. The chairs and the stool are crafted from teak wood, which has age...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, 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 Lounge Chairs

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Teak

Mid-Century Design Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, Denmark, 1950s
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This beautiful lounge chair was designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son in the 1950s in Denmark. The elegant shape and the f...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Mid-Century Design Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, Denmark, 1950s
By France & Søn, Grete Jalk
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This beautiful lounge chair was designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son in the 1950s in Denmark. The elegant shape and the f...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Mid-Century Design Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, Denmark, 1950s
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This beautiful lounge chair was designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son in the 1950s in Denmark. The elegant shape and the f...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Mid-Century Design Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, Denmark, 1950s
By France & Søn, Grete Jalk
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This beautiful lounge chair was designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son in the 1950s in Denmark. The elegant shape and the f...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Mid-Century Design Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, Denmark, 1950s
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This beautiful lounge chair was designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son in the 1950s in Denmark. The elegant shape and the f...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Teak, Fabric, Upholstery

Mid-Century Design Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, Denmark, 1950s
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This beautiful lounge chair was designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son in the 1950s in Denmark. The elegant shape and the f...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Mid-Century Design Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk for France & Søn, Denmark, 1950s
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions: 73 x 75 x 77 cm (Width x Height x Depth) This beautiful lounge chair was designed by Grete Jalk for France and Son in the 1950s in Denmark. The elegant shape and the f...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Teak

Pair of Grete Jalk Model 118 armchairs in Teak for France & Daverkosen, 1950s
By Grete Jalk, France & Daverkosen
Located in Hellouw, NL
Charming pair of Grete Jalk Model 118 armchairs in teak and fabric for France & Daverkosen from 1955. These two comfortable chairs are the first o...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Danish Teak Armchair by Grete Jalk
By Grete Jalk
Located in Grand Rapids, MI
Denmark, 1950s Beautifully made teak armchair with gently curved armrests and coiled spring seat and back, designed by Grete Jalk. Frame is made of old growth teak that has very tigh...
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1950s North American Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Danish Teak Easy Chair by Grete Jalk with New Upholstery
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in St-Brais, JU
Classic easy chair by Grete Jalk for France & Son. Made in Denamark during the 1950s. Produced by France & Son. Features a high-quality solid wooden frame made of teak with new uphol...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Upholstery, Teak

Grete Jalk´s Lounge Armchair In Teak Made By France and Søn, 1960s
By Grete Jalk
Located in Lejre, DK
This Scandinavian Modern period armchair or lounge chair, designed by the renowned Grete Jalk and manufactured for France & Søn in the 1960s in Denmark, exemplifies the epitome of mi...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Scandinavian Modern Teak Lounge Chair By Grete Jalk
By France & Søn, Grete Jalk
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Scandinavian modern, lounge chair by Grete Jalk for France & Son features a teak frame with upholstered seat and back removeable cushions and cove...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Vintage Set of Armchairs Grete Jalk Made by France and Son, 1960 Denmark
By Grete Jalk
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Vintage set of armchairs Grete Jalk made by France and Son,1960 Denmark. Beautiful vintage teak wooden model 118 armchairs. The armchair was designed by the Danish designer Gre...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Outstanding Grete Jalk Teak Lounge Chair, Midcentury Danish Modern
By Grete Jalk
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Outstanding Grete Jalk teak lounge chair. This chair retains its original mauve woven fabric in nice vintage condition-some light spots-cleaning recommended. Very usable as is but wo...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Teak

Pair of Vintage Danish Teak and Leather Armchairs by Grete Jalk for Glostrup
By Glostrup Møbelfabrik, Grete Jalk
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern pair of lounge armchairs designed by Grete Jalk for Glostrup Møbelfabrik. This set features sculpted teak arms and a comfortable curved backrest. They have been pr...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Teak

Pair of Lounge Chairs Grete Jalk Danish Teak, 1960s
By Grete Jalk
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of Grete Jalk lounge chairs, Denmark, 1960s. Excellent condition. New cushions, freshly reupholstered. Perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Teak

Scandinavian Modern Easy Chair, Model 118, in Teak by Grete Jalk, France and Son
By France & Søn, Grete Jalk
Located in Lejre, DK
Easy chair, model 118, in teak and black elegance leather designed by Grete Jalk and manufactured by France & Son in the 1960s. The chair is in great vintage condition and of classic...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Teak, Leather

Set of Two Lounge Chairs With Ottoman by Grete Jalk, Denmark, 1960
By Grete Jalk, France & Søn
Located in Le Grand-Saconnex, CH
Set of two lounge chairs model 128 and one ottoman, designed by Grete Jalk, Denmark. True classic due to the association of light and elegant design and perfectly balanced comfort. M...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Zebra Wood

Grete Jalk Model 128 Rosewood Lounge Chairs c1960s
By France & Søn, Grete Jalk
Located in London, GB
Grete Jalk - Pair of Model 128 Lounge Chairs, c1963 A pair of exquisite rosewood lounge chairs produced by France & Son, Denmark c1960s. The new feather cushions have been upholster...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Rosewood

Grete Jalk lounge chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Grete Jalk lounge 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 Grete Jalk lounge chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original lounge chairs by Grete Jalk were created in the mid-century modern style in scandinavia during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider lounge chairs by France & Daverkosen, Peter Hvidt, and Arne Hovmand-Olsen. Prices for Grete Jalk lounge chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,525 and can go as high as $16,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,250.

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