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Nanna Ditzel

Danish, 1923-2005

Nanna Ditzel was the most versatile and creative female designer that Denmark produced in the 20th century. Ditzel brought her talents to bear on a staggering array of forms — she designed furniture, jewelry, tableware and textiles; and she shaped her pieces using an equally astonishing variety of materials, from wood and wicker to silver, ceramics and fiberglass.

Born in Copenhagen, she trained as a cabinetmaker at the Royal Academy's furniture school — overseen by the great craftsman of the day, Kaare Klint — and graduated in 1943. Ditzel’s early work adhered to the classic Danish modernist tenets of simplicity, comfort and quality, and her armchairs, with their softly curved backrests are much in the spirit of Hans Wegner. Ditzel’s signature piece of that time is her Ring chair. Designed along with her husband, Jørgen Ditzel, a fabric maker, the chair has a semicircular padded armrest that seems to embrace the sitter. Ditzel began designing in wicker and in 1959 produced the Hanging chair. The piece, suspended from the ceiling by a chain, became a favorite for fashion shoots and may be as iconic of the 1960s as Eero Aarnio’s plastic Ball chair of 1963.

In 1956, Ditzel began designing for the Danish silverware firm Georg Jensen. In an association that lasted some 40 years, Ditzel would create organically shaped jewelry, barware, ceramic tableware and even tablecloths. Like her fellow Dane Verner Panton, Ditzel was not afraid to embrace industrial materials, and she began designing fiberglass chairs in the mid-1960s. Some of her most flamboyant work came toward the end of her career, in pieces such as 1989’s Bench for Two, with its shocking Op-art finish, or the Trinidad chair of 1992, with it’s sunburst-like, cut-though backs. Such feats of creativity were a fitting coda to one of the most imaginative, prolific and remarkable women of modern design.

Average Sold Price
$3,699
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Pair of Nanna Ditzel ND83 Lounge Chairs for Søren Willadsen
By Søren Willadsen, Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik, Nanna Ditzel, Finn Juhl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Nanna Ditzel ND83 lounge chairs for Søren Willadsen, Denmark, c.1950s. These 1952-designed chairs by Ditzel feature oak frames and back supports that connect to the splayed l...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Teak

Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Chair
By Fredericia, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Berkeley, CA
Nanna Ditzel Trinidad chair The precise transparency of the Trinidad chair almost dissolves in a play of light and shadow, yet at the same time gives the chair a strikingly bold voic...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Nanna Ditzel

Materials

Oak

  • Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Chair
  • Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Chair
  • Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Chair
  • Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Chair
H 33.46 in. W 19.09 in. D 22.44 in.
Nanna Ditzel Lounge Chair, circa 1950s
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Nanna Ditzel Lounge Chair c. 1950s Stained oak, teak, upholstery Measures: 38 H x 35 W x 34 D inches Meticulously restored and reupholstered in Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca Boucle.
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

Materials

Bouclé, Oak, Teak

  • Nanna Ditzel Lounge Chair, circa 1950s
  • Nanna Ditzel Lounge Chair, circa 1950s
  • Nanna Ditzel Lounge Chair, circa 1950s
  • Nanna Ditzel Lounge Chair, circa 1950s
H 39 in. W 35 in. D 34 in.
Nanna Ditzel Pair of Two Lounge Chairs in Original Green Leather
By Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Nanna Ditzel for Soren Willadsen, easy chairs model 'ND83', beech, original leather, Denmark, 1952. Set of two round lounge chairs with a dark stained wooden frame and olive green l...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

Materials

Beech, Leather

Trio of Nanna Ditzel Lacquered Maple Wood Occasional Tables
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in London, GB
A trio of vintage occasional tables in turned and lacquered maple wood, designed by Nanna Ditzel and made by Brdr. Krüger, 1981. Each tables' diameter is unique and their tops have ...
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Late 20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Nanna Ditzel

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Maple

Nanna Ditzel High Chair with Nameplate by Carl Hansen, Denmark
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Utrecht, NL
Nanna Ditzel’s ND54 high chair, originally designed in 1954, is a beautiful and enduring piece of design, adaptable to the needs of growing children. Minimalist and sturdy, the FSC™-...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

Materials

Beech

Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel 'Badminton' Chair in Black Leather
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Nanna Ditzel, ND150 Badminton chair, chromed tubular steel, black leather and black painted wood, Denmark, design 1958, production 1960s. This chair by Nanna Ditzel and Jørgen Dit...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

Materials

Chrome

Nanna Ditzel Natural Rattan Nanny Indoor Rocking Chair by Sika Design
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Minneapolis, MN
Nanna Ditzel briefly studied under the leading Danish furniture designer Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts furniture school, and that experience informed the Nanny...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indonesian Scandinavian Modern Nanna Ditzel

Materials

Rattan

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Nanna Ditzel furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Nanna Ditzel are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Nanna Ditzel collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 100 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 13 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Nanna Ditzel were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by France & Daverkosen, Grete Jalk and Kurt stervig. Prices for Nanna Ditzel furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $489 and tops out at $62,742, while pieces like these can sell for $3,940 on average.

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