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Ib Kofod-Larsen Furniture

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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Rosewood Midcentury Vanity
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designer Ib Kofod-Larsen. Rosewood vanity table and mirror, Midcentury Danish modern Measures: 175 x 46 H. 61 cm. Mirror 85 x 55.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen Furniture

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Rosewood

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Ib Kofod-Larsen Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Ib Kofod-Larsen furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. 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. Many original furniture by Ib Kofod-Larsen were created in Europe during the 19th century in the Scandinavian Modern style. 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 out at $113,554, while pieces like these can sell for $5,240 on average.

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