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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.

Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
By Nanna Ditzel, Søren Willadsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Nanna Ditzel for Søren Willadsen, dining chairs, red fabric, oak, Denmark, 1950s. The dining chairs were originally designed for Magasin Du Nord's exhibition in Forum, March 1952. T...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Wool, Oak

  • Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
  • Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
  • Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
  • Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
H 27.76 in. W 42.52 in. D 42.52 in.
Danish Modern Oak Desk by Nanna Ditzel for Søren Willardsen
By Søren Willadsen, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Munster, DE
Superbly crafted design classic by Nanna Ditzel, manufactured by Søren Willadsen in Denmark. Beautiful, elegant shape with four drawers and rounded corners. Fully restored.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Nanna Ditzel

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Oak

Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Armchair
By Nanna Ditzel, Fredericia
Located in Berkeley, CA
The precise transparency of the Nanna Ditzel Trinidad armchair almost dissolves in a play of light and shadow, yet at the same time gives the chair a strikingly bold voice. Trinidad ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Nanna Ditzel

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Oak

  • Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Armchair
  • Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Armchair
  • Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Armchair
  • Nanna Ditzel Trinidad Armchair
H 33.46 in. W 24.02 in. D 22.44 in.
Nanna Ditzel, Freestanding Desk in Teak by Søren Willadsen, 1958, Denmark
By Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Munster, NRW
This elegant design by Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel serves as a desk, a writing table, library table, or even a console table in a large space. The spare, minimal form is delightful from ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Teak

Egg Hanging Chair by Nanna Ditzel, Authentic Historical Edition, 1959
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Argelato, BO
Suspended by a chain from the ceiling, this no-gravity chair suggested a liberated lifestyle, free from earthbound fears. Authentic Scandinavian design icon, the hanging egg chair...
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1950s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Rattan

Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel Set of Six 'Badminton' Chair in Black Leather
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Nanna Ditzel, 'Badminton' chairs, steel, leather, wood, Denmark, design 1958, production 1960s. This set of six chairs by Nanna Ditzel and Jørgen Ditzel were designed in 1958, ori...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Chrome

Trinidad Teak Dining Chairs by Nanna Ditzel 1990s Set of 6
By Frederecia Furniture, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Asaa, DK
Trinidad teak dining chairs by Nanna Ditzel for Fredericia Stolefabrik Denmark 1990s When designing the Trinidad Chair Model 3298 in 1993, Danish designer Nanna Ditzel found inspi...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Nanna Ditzel

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Teak

Nanna Ditzel High Chair with Nameplate by Carl Hansen, Denmark
By Nanna Ditzel, Carl Hansen & Søn
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

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Beech

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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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