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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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Pair of Danish Lounge Chairs by Ib Kofod Larsen, Denmark, 1960ies
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Oluf Persson OPE
Located in Berlin, DE
A beautiful pair of lounge chairs designed by Ib Kofod Larsen and produced by G. Laauser, 1960ies. Both chairs are in very good condition and come with a brown-cognac leather and nu...
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20th Century Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Leather

Ib Kofod Larsen 'Shell' Chair for Christensen & Larsen
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Christensen & Larsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An impressive teak and beech edition of Ib Kofod Larsen's classic 'Shell' chair for Christensen & Larsen, c.1950s, Denmark. This sculptural chair features a laminated plywood backres...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Beech, Teak, Bentwood, Plywood

Large Wing Back Lounge Chair Designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Denmark
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Comfortable rosewood 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 c...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Leather, Rosewood

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 High Back Seal Chair in Teak and Black Leather for OPE, 1960s
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A fine example of the seal (Sålen) chair, model 800, in teak and black leather for OPE, Sweden, 1960s. High back version in excellent condition. Retailed by Illums Bolighus, with...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Leather, Teak

Daybed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Oak and Original Fabric
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Seffle Möbelfabrik
Located in Goteborg, SE
Daybed in excellent condition by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Seffle Möbelfabrik. Solid oak and original wollen fabric.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Steel

  • Daybed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Oak and Original Fabric
  • Daybed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Oak and Original Fabric
  • Daybed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Oak and Original Fabric
  • Daybed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Oak and Original Fabric
H 25.99 in. W 74.81 in. D 39.38 in.
Rare Lounge Chair in Original Fabric and Teak by Ib Kofod Larsen, 1950s
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Lounge chair in fabric and teak, model 423 designed in 1954 by Maa. Ib Kofod Larsen, edited by Christensen & Larsen Cabinetmakers. Original condition.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Teak

Scandinavian Modern Vintage Slipper Settee by Ib Kofod-Larsen
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This dainty settee has a tailored look that would add style and character to a variety of spaces. Fabric is not original to the piece but is in good useable condition. We'd be happy ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Teak

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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.