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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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$5,177
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Ib Kofod-Larsen Lounge Chair
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Fulton, CA
Iconic Danish Modern lounge chair designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Denmark 1960's. Original finish with fade and discoloration, older re-upholstery to reversible cushions in good conditi...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Beech, Fabric

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  • Ib Kofod-Larsen Lounge Chair
  • Ib Kofod-Larsen Lounge Chair
  • Ib Kofod-Larsen Lounge Chair
H 29.25 in. W 29.88 in. D 32 in.
Floating Wall-Mounted Sideboard in Rosewood by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Denmark 1970s
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Hellouw, NL
Elegant Danish floating wall-mounted sideboard by IB Kofod Larsen from the 1970s. This beautiful sideboard is finished in rosewood veneer. Showing an intriguing and similar patter...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Rosewood

Ib Kofod Larsen Danish Modern Beech Wood Hoop Lounge Chairs, Circa 1960
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Selig
Located in Southampton, NJ
IB Kofod Larsen hoop chairs having beech wood frames with fresh, soft upholstery and new fagas straps underneath. The cushions firmly attach via Velcro underneath and buttons on the ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Steel

Sideboard Model FA 66 by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Faarup Möbelfabrik, 1966
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Faarup Møbelfabrik
Located in Antwerp, BE
Sideboard; Cabinet; Model FA-66; Ib Kofod-Larsen; Faarup Møbelfabrik; Denmark; Danish Design; Scandinavian Design; Scandinavia; 1960s; 1966; Storage Unit; Wood; Storage; Storing; S...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Wood

Rare Pair of Lounge Chairs by Ib Kofod Larsen for Fritz Hansen, 1959
By Fritz Hansen, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Munster, DE
Pair of very rare lounge chairs Model 4440, designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, designed 1958 for Fritz Hansen. Teak wood frame and great upholstery, fully restored with sophisticated wool ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Fabric, Wool, Upholstery, Teak

Ib Kofod-Larsen Sculpted Leather Stool for Selig
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stylish sculptural stool designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, in collaboration with the Danish / American company Selig, int the 1960s. This beautifully designed modern stool features a scul...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Leather, Foam, Beech

Mid-Century Modern Danish Walnut Frame Sofa by Ib Kofod-Larsen Newly Upholstered
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Chicago, IL
Mid-Century Modern Danish Walnut frame sofa by Ib Kofod-Larsen Newly Upholstered in a High End Ivory Sheep's Wool Shearling Elegant Danish modern sofa designed by architect and f...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Wool, Wood, Walnut

Ib Kofod Larsen for J. Clausen & Son Teak Danish Modern Long Dresser
By Clausen & Søn, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Morgan, UT
Ib Kofod-Larsen Teak Danish Modern eight drawer long dresser. J. Clausen & Son Furniture, Brande, Denmark, 1960s Measures: 59 wide x 17.75 deep x 30.25 high. Teak danish mod...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen

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Teak

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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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