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Ib Kofod-Larsen

Danish, 1921-2003

Furniture maker and architect Ib Kofod-Larsen was one of the greatest design minds to emerge from mid-century Denmark, and his impact was felt across the world, especially in the United States. Kofod-Larsen, who is known for his exemplary seating, tables and storage solutions, understood that the attention to detail, quality materials and functional design ethos of the Scandinavian modernism style he followed would become part of a major international movement.

Due to his foresight and innovation, Kofod-Larsen was one of the best-selling Danish designers in the U.S. in the 1950s, when mid-century modernism was at its most popular.

Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, Kofod-Larsen later studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and was most interested in designing practical yet graceful furniture, although he also dabbled in things like wallpaper and textiles. He favored natural grains and woods like teak and rosewood combined with leather, steel and fabric upholsteries to create inviting pieces. Working with manufacturers such as Faarup Møbelfabrik, Christensen & Larsen and Bovenkamp, he brought his sculptural aesthetic to the world.

Some of his seating designs have earned legendary status: The U-56 chair (1956) was renamed the Elizabeth because England’s Queen Elizabeth II is said to have picked up a pair during a 1958 trip to Denmark. With OPE Möbler, he created the Seal chair (1956) with a wooden frame shaped around leather upholstery. The sculptural Penguin chair (1953), produced by Selig and named for its curved back, became Denmark’s most frequently exported piece of furniture to the U.S. at the time. Its bentwood shell echoes the work of Kofod-Larsen’s modernist contemporaries Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, while its options as a dining, lounging and rocking chair offer versatility for the home.

As mid-century modern furniture experiences a fresh wave of popularity in the U.S. — although, one could argue that it never really went away — Kofod-Larsen’s timeless pieces are among the most coveted vintage finds. Several of his designs continue to be produced, such as the Penguin chair, which has been manufactured by Brdr. Petersen since 2012.

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$4,935
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Ib Kofod-Larsen Palomino Sheepskin & Walnut Reclining Lounge Chair & Ottoman
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful reclining lounge chair and ottoman designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig freshly upholstered in hand sewn rich Oatmeal / Ivory Shearling. An early Mid Century Scandinavian ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Sheepskin, Walnut

Set of Six Arne Vodder Dining Chairs in Teak
By G Plan Furniture, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: Denmark Designer: Arne Vodder Manufacturer: Unknown Era: Unknown Materials: Teak, Wool Measurements (side chairs): 19? wide x 18? deep x 31.5? tall Captains Chairs: 22?...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Teak, Wool

Ib Kofod-Larsen Stools Model Siesta Produced by OPE in Sweden
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Malmo, SE
A pair of stools model Siesta designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen. Produced by OPE in Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Leather, Teak

Ib Kofod-Larsen Sideboard Model Trol Produced by Seffle Möbelfabrik in Sweden
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare sideboard model ‘Trol’ designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen. Produced by Seffle Möbelfabrik in Sweden.
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Rosewood

Ib Kofod Larsen for Selig Black Leather Armchair with Galloway’s Ottoman
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Folke Ohlsson, Selig
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Ib Kofod Larsen for Selig walnut armchair in new black leather upholstery. This expertly restored designer armchair is accompanied by an ottoman by Galloway’s of Tampa. Each piece is...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Walnut, Leather

Pair of Spear Lounge Chairs by Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Danish' for Selig
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Belmont, MA
Two Ib Kofod-Larsen (Danish, 1921-2003) for Selig Spear Lounge Chairs, Denmark, c. 1960, walnut, brass, steel, each with round Selig tag, ht. 26 1/2, wd. 30, dp. 30 in.
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Upholstery, Walnut

Large Wing Back Lounge Chair Designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Denmark
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Comfortable walnut wing back chair designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, 1954, produced by Carlo Ghan Denmark. Original black leather upholstery with a loose cushion and a comfortable cushion...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Walnut, Leather

IB Kofod Larsen Walnut Hoop Chair, Green Upholstery
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in DELRAY BEACH, FL
IB Kofod Larsen hoop chair. A hoop of plied walnut supported by a gorgeous display of spindles arranged in a peacock pattern. Recently refinished and reupholstered in a Bright green ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Walnut

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Ib Kofod-Larsen furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Ib Kofod-Larsen are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Ib Kofod-Larsen furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 251 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Ib Kofod-Larsen were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Niels Otto Møller, Kai Kristiansen and Ole Wanscher. Prices for Ib Kofod-Larsen furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,000 and tops at $109,843, while pieces like these can sell for $5,450 on average.

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