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Grete Jalk Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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 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 Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Danish Modern Expandable Rosewood Bar Cart Grete Jalk for Poul Jeppesen
By Grete Jalk
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An exceptional Mid-Century Modern serving expandable bar cart by Grete Jalk for Paul Jeppesen Denmark, circa 1960s. Beautifully crafted from rosewood, this cleverly designed piece fe...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Grete Jalk Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Rosewood

Royal Danish Embassy Slender-Edged Bookcase by Grete Jalk in Brazilian Rosewood
By Grete Jalk
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From the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, DC we are pleased to offer this lovely bookcase by Grete Jalk. Incredible figuring in the rosewood grain. Can be placed directly on the f...
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Rosewood

Brazilian Rosewood Slender Edged Bookcase from Royal Danish Embassy
By Grete Jalk
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From the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, DC we are pleased to offer this lovely bookcase by Grete Jalk. Incredible figuring in the rosewood grain. Can...
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Grete Jalk case pieces and storage cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Grete Jalk case pieces and storage cabinets 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 case pieces and storage cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Grete Jalk were created in the mid-century modern style in scandinavia during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by Fritz Hansen, HJN Møbler, and Lyby Mobler. Prices for Grete Jalk case pieces and storage cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,895 and can go as high as $6,417, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,156.

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