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Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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.

Find vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen furniture today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Ib Kofod-Larsen
Ib Kofod-Larsen Pair of ‘Seal’ Lounge Chairs in Cognac Leather and Teak
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, OPE Möbler
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ib Kofod-Larsen for OPE Möbler, pair of 'Sälen' (Seal) lounge chairs model 503-799, teak and leather, Sweden, 1956 Iconic 'Sälen' (seal) lounge chairs by Danish designer Ib Kofod-...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

1960s Ib Kofod Larsen Lounge Easy Chair "Samsö" Brown Leather OPE, Sweden
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, OPE
Located in Hamminkeln, DE
Beautiful and very rare, 1960s Ib Kofod Larsen Easy Chair, made by OPE in Sweden, Model "Samsö" early edition in 'rosewood look' stained beechwood with wonderful patina, the base is ...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Beech

Rare Pair of Ib Kofod-Larsen "Åre" Easy Chairs, 1960s
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare model, produced by OPE, Sweden, 1960s. Afromosia, rattan/cane and newly reupholstered cushions in leather.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Rattan

Ib Kofod Larsen for Selig Black Leather Armchair with Galloway’s Ottoman
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen, Folke Ohlsson
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 Armchairs

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Walnut, Leather

Rare Pair of Ib Kofod-Larsen Seal or Sälen Easy Chairs, 1960s
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Leather and teak frame. Produced by OPE Möbler, Sweden, 1960s. Excellent condition. Reupholstered.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Ib Kofod-Larsen Lounge Chair in Black Leather and Teak
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ib Kofod-Larsen for OPE Möbler, restored 'Sälen' (Seal) lounge chair model 503-799, teak, black leather, Sweden, 1956 Iconic 'Sälen' (seal) lounge chair by Danish designer Ib Kofod...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Danish Modern Walnut Reclining Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Ib Kofod Larsen
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Burbank, CA
Amazing Danish walnut reclining lounge chairs and ottoman designed by Ib Kofod for Selig in Denmark, circa 1960s. Both the chair and the ottoman have a stained walnut frame that's be...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Velvet, Walnut

Lady & Senior Chair by Madsen & Schubel Bovenkamp Wool Hallingdal Nana Ditzel
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Bovenkamp
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Pair of Danish design lounge chairs by designers Arnold Madsen & Henri Schubell that were distributed in the Netherlands by Bovenkamp in the 1950's and 1960's Beautiful organic carv...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Wool, Upholstery, Oak

Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Elizabeth' Chairs in Original Leather
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ib Kofod-Larsen, lounge chairs model U-56 'Elizabeth', oak, red leather, Denmark, designed in 1956 These are two of Kofod-Larsen highest-quality armchairs, with an oak frame and p...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Oak

Ib Kofod Larsen Kandidaten Chairs OPE Sweden 1958
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, OPE Möbler
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stunning pair of so called 'Kandidaten' (candidate) lounge chairs designed by Ib Kofod Larsen and manufactured by OPE, Sweden 1958. The chairs have a sculptural solid rosewood frame ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Hardwood

Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Elizabeth' Chairs with Ottoman in Original Aged Leather
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ib Kofod-Larsen, two lounge chairs with ottoman, model U-56 'Elizabeth', oak and red leather, Denmark, 1956. These are two of Kofod-Larsen highest-quality armchairs, with an oak fra...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Oak

Pair of Mid Century Danish Modern Ib Kofod Larsen Walnut Open Arm Lounge Chairs
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of Mid Century Danish Modern Ib Kofod Larsen Walnut Open Arm Lounge Chairs Offered is a beautifully pair of original lounge chairs by IB Kofod Larsen. Great condition with ve...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Walnut

1960’s Ib Kofod-Larsen ‘’Sälen’’ Chair
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, OPE Möbler
Located in Madrid, ES
Armchair designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Industry Jönköping. Walnut structure and renewed upholstery in leather. Sweden, 1960’s. Kofod-Larsen was one of the biggest figures in Dan...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Danish IB Kofod Larsen for Selig Penguin Accent Chair
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Selig
Located in Wilmington, DE
What a find. Offered is an original 'Penguin' chair designed by IB Kofod Larsen for Selig. This chair was designed in 1953 and had a limited production through the 1960s. This chair ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Metal

Mid Century Large Wing Back Lounge Chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen, Denmark 1950's
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Stunning wing back lounge chair designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen and produced by Carlo Ghan Denmark, 1954. The frame is made of rosewood and has beautiful details. The chair is jus...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Alpaca, Rosewood

Ib Kofod-Larsen Arm or Easy Chair for Fröscher Sitform, Germany 1960s
By Fröscher Sitform, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Berlin, DE
1960s Ib Kofod-Larsen arm or easy chair in Leather for Fröscher Sitform, Germany. The leather has a very nice patina.
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Ib Kofod-Larsen, Lounge Armchair "Seal", Produced by OPE, Sweden, 1950s
By OPE Möbler, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Paris, FR
Ib Kofod-Larsen, (1922-2003). "Seal" A teak and leather lounge armchair, the carved wood frame supporting a shell shaped seat and back upholstered with a beautifully patinated...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Ib Kofod-Larsen Lounge Chair
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Torino, IT
Ib Kofod-Larsen lounge chair, Denmark, 1950s. Newly waxed teak frame and upholstered in high quality Italian wool.
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1950s Danish Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Teak, Wool

Ib Kofod-Larsen Lounge Chair Christensen & Larsen, Denmark, 1953
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Christensen & Larsen
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Super rare and beautiful easy chair designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen and manufactured by Christensen & Larsen Cabinetmakers, Denmark, 1953. This chair has a solid teak frame and is newly ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Upholstery, Teak

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 Armchairs

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Walnut, Leather

Ib Kofod-Larsen Lounge Chair Model 'PD30' in Teak and Leather
By Povl Dinesen, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ib Kofod-Larsen, lounge chair model 'PD30', black leather, teak, Denmark, 1960s. The designer of this chair, Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921-2003) is known for his distinctive designs featu...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Easy Chair Designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Christensen & Larsen Cabinetmakers
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Easy chair designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Christensen & Larsen Cabinetmakers, Denmark. 1949. Maple, Brazilian rosewood with horsehair fabric. Provenance: Percy von Halling-Koch...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Maple, Rosewood

Pair of Elizabeth Chairs by Ib Kofod-Larsen Model U-56
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Pair of iconic teak and leather 'Elizabeth Chairs' by Ib Kofod-Larsen. These incredibly rare and exquisitely crafted Model U-56 chairs were designed in 1956 and later nicknamed the E...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Rare Danish Modern Ib Kofod Larsen 1950s Leather Lounge Chair
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in West Hartford, CT
Rare Danish Modern Kofod-Larsen lounge chair done in leather upholstery which is very distressed and will need to be reupholstered. The chair is structurally sound. Priced commensura...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Wood, Walnut

Rare Ib Kofod-Larsen "Elizabeth" Armchair, Denmark 1960s
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Utrecht, NL
This chair by Danish design icon, Ib Kofod-Larsen, was designed and launched in 1958 as a writing chair to be coordinated with the equally famous model IL-01. Produced by Christensen...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Ib Kofod-Larsen "Seal" Easy Chair, 1960s
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
High-back Ib Kofod-Larsen "Seal" / "Sälen" easy chair. Produced by OPE.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather

Midcentury Scandinavian Lounge Chair "Kanidaten" by Ib Kofod Larsen
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, OPE Möbler
Located in Karlstad, SE
One lounge chair model "Kandidaten" by Ib Kofod Larsen (Denmark) for OPE Möbler (Sweden) 1958. This chair has a typical design for its time and is constructed with a high sense of qu...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Mid Century Danish Modern Spindle Back Lounge Chair by IB Kofod Larsen in Walnut
By Selig, Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Restored classic hoop chair designed by IB Kofod Larsen and produced by Selig in the 1960's. It features solid walnut construction with newly made seat cushions. Manufacture label. R...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Ib Kofod-Larsen Elizabeth Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in San Francisco, CA
Acclaimed design by Ib Kofod-Larsen, the sculptural rosewood frame is sublime. Excellent original finish with minor age appropriate wear, original vinyl upholstery in very good condi...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Rosewood

Vintage Mid-Century Modern IB Kofod Larsen for Selig Penguin Accent Chair
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Selig
Located in Wilmington, DE
What a find. Offered is an original 'Penguin' chair designed by IB Kofod Larsen for Selig. This piece was designed in 1953 and had a limited production through the 1960s. This chair ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Metal

Rare Danish Writing Armchairs by IB Kofod Larsen for Selig
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of rare Ib Kofod Larsen writing lounge chairs with sculptural winged arms and very well crafted frames. Finished in a medium dark ebony with brass hardware and upholstered in ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Ib Kofod-Larsen Easy Chairs by OPE, Sweden, 1960s
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, OPE Möbler
Located in Stockholm, SE
Great pair of Ib Kofod-Larsen easy chairs in original upholstery. Produced by OPE, Sweden, 1960s.            
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Fabric

Ib Kofod-Larsen Seal Easy Chair
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ib Kofod-Larsen seal easy chair. Genuine cognac brown leather. Produced by OPE.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather

Penguin Chair by Ib Kofod Larsen
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Penguin chair designed by Ib Kofod Larsen and produced by Selig. Gorgeous molded birch upper shell provides contoured support with original upholstered seat atop black iron f...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Iron

IB Kofod-Larsen Sculptural Rocking Chair
By Ib Kofod-Larsen
Located in New York City, NY
1960s Mid-Century Modern sculptural rocking chair designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen for Selig Denmark.   
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Seal'/' Sälen' Lounge Chair in Leather and Teak, Sweden, 1950's
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, OPE Möbler
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This famous lounge chair is called 'Sa¨len' or 'Seal' and is designed by the well known Danish designer Ib Kofod-Larsen. It was produced in the fifties by the Swedish company O.P.E. ...
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Teak

Pair of Spear Lounge Chairs by Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Danish' for Selig
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Selig
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 Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Elizabeth' Armchair' in Brazilian Rosewood, 1956
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Christensen & Larsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Ib Kofod-Larsen 'Elisabeth' armchair, model U 56. Brazilian rosewood and original black leather. Executed by master cabinetmakers Christensen & Larsen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Underside...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Ib Kofod-Larsen armchairs for sale on 1stDibs

The Ib Kofod-Larsen armchairs 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 armchairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 35 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original chairs by Ib Kofod-Larsen were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider armchairs by Ole Wanscher, Arne Vodder and Børge Mogensen. The prices for Ib Kofod-Larsen armchairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$1,495 and tops out at US$64,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$8,672. 1stDibs

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