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Vilhelm Lauritzen

Danish, 1894-1984

One of the most significant architects in Denmark’s history and a pioneer of Danish functionalism in Scandinavian, mid-century modern furniture, Vilhelm Lauritzen maintained a lifelong belief that design is an art for the people.

Born in the town of Slagelse in 1894, Lauritzen had an early interest in architecture and design. He graduated from the Sorø Akademi in 1912 and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1922. That year, Lauritzen founded the Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects studio.

Travel to Spain, Greece and throughout Central Europe influenced his architectural work. His first major project was in 1928, when he designed the Daell’s Department Store in Copenhagen. Subsequent notable design projects included the Nørrebro Theater in 1931, the Radiohuset building in 1936 and Copenhagen Airport’s first terminal in 1939, inspired by Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier.

Although architecture was among Lauritzen’s chief passions — he was also an avid lepidopterist — he was keenly interested in the furnishings of his projects, designing everything from chairs and settees to door handles and ashtrays. His influential creations include the iconic VL 38 “Radiohus” table and the VL 45 “Radiohus” pendant light — a powerful downward light that provides a gentle illumination through handblown, white opal glass. Both were designed for Danish furniture manufacturer Louis Poulsen in collaboration with Danish designer Finn Juhl. Vilhelm Lauritzen’s lamps and wall sconces, which have obliquely angled lamp heads, were likewise designed in partnership with Poulsen for the Radiohuset building in the 1930s.

Lauritzen remained active in his studio until 1969, overseeing numerous architecture projects in the 1950s, such as the Shellhuset building, Folkets Hus — known today as the VEGA concert hall — and the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC

Lauritzen died in 1984. His legacy lives on with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects still operating in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn district, and his elegant lamps remain in production by Louis Poulsen.

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Iconic Designs from Vilhelm Lauritzen
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Vilhelm Lauritzen Vl38 Table Lamp
Vilhelm Lauritzen Vl38 Table Lamp
Vilhelm Lauritzen Vl38 Wall Lamp
Vilhelm Lauritzen Vl38 Wall Lamp
Vilhelm Lauritzen Vl45 Radiohus Pendant
Vilhelm Lauritzen Vl45 Radiohus Pendant
Vilhelm Lauritzen Vl38 Floor Lamp
Vilhelm Lauritzen Vl38 Floor Lamp
Large Vilhelm Lauritzen VL45 'Radiohus' Pendant in Pale Rose for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Vilhelm Lauritzen VL45 'Radiohus' pendant in pale rose for Louis Poulsen. Originally designed in the 1930s by Vilhelm Lauritzen in partnership with Louis Poulsen for the const...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen

Materials

Metal, Brass

Vilhelm Lauritzen VLA62 'Radio House' Oak Wood Mirror for Carl Hansen & Son
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Vilhelm Lauritzen VLA62 'Radio House' Oak Wood Mirror for Carl Hansen & Son The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitment...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen

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Mirror, Wood, Oak

Louis Poulsen VL56 Pendant by Vilhelm Lauritzen
By Louis Poulsen, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in New York, NY
About This Product The well-known functionalist architect, Vilhelm Lauritzen designed the VL 56 Pendant for Folkets Hus, in Vesterbro Copenhagen. Originally designed and built for th...
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2010s Danish Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen

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Brass, Chrome

Carl Hansen Foyer Series Bench in Edelman's Helm Leather by Ilse Crawford
By Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Burlington, NJ
Edelman The foremost creator of leather for interiors, Edelman was founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife Arthur and Teddy Edelman. Incorporating a breadth of techniques and aesthetics, Edelman leather comprises hides of exceptional caliber sourced in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Guided by generations of leather expertise, Arthur and Teddy founded Edelman following thirty years at the helm of their family leather-goods business, Fleming-Joffe. Today the collection celebrates the warmth and integrity of this enduring natural material. Helm Leather in color Gouache by Ilse Crawford Drawn to the versatile nature of Helm, Crawford identified a classic leather with a medium pebble grain that could be used broadly to frame foundational elements of a space. Crawford saw an opportunity to incorporate depth to the neutral color families to play into Helm’s timeless appeal. Available in a palette of thirty-six, Helm’s consistent color is achieved through transparent dye plus pigment (semi-aniline). Specifications Content: 100% Leather Finish: PFAS-Free Protective Topcoat Weight: 2.62 oz/sf (800 gr/sm) Thickness: 1.0 - 1.2mm Hide Origin: Europe Country of Origin: Italy Reduced Environmental Impact: Greenguard Gold Certified, Leather Working Group Silver Certified, LBC Red List Free, REACH Compliant, FR Free, Free of Intentionally Added PFAS The Foyer Bench is characterized by the interplay between wood and upholstery and the backrest has an almost floating appearance. Simple yet expressive, the iconic Foyer Sofa...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen

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Leather, Oak

Carl Hansen Foyer Series Sofa in Edelman's Helm Leather by Ilse Crawford
By Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Burlington, NJ
Edelman The foremost creator of leather for interiors, Edelman was founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife Arthur and Teddy Edelman. Incorporating a breadth of techniques and aesthetics, Edelman leather comprises hides of exceptional caliber sourced in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Guided by generations of leather expertise, Arthur and Teddy founded Edelman following thirty years at the helm of their family leather-goods business, Fleming-Joffe. Today the collection celebrates the warmth and integrity of this enduring natural material. Helm Leather in color Spruce by Ilse Crawford Drawn to the versatile nature of Helm, Crawford identified a classic leather with a medium pebble grain that could be used broadly to frame foundational elements of a space. Crawford saw an opportunity to incorporate depth to the neutral color families to play into Helm’s timeless appeal. Available in a palette of thirty-six, Helm’s consistent color is achieved through transparent dye plus pigment (semi-aniline). Specifications Content: 100% Leather Finish: PFAS-Free Protective Topcoat Weight: 2.62 oz/sf (800 gr/sm) Thickness: 1.0 - 1.2mm Hide Origin: Europe Country of Origin: Italy Reduced Environmental Impact: Greenguard Gold Certified, Leather Working Group Silver Certified, LBC Red List Free, REACH Compliant, FR Free, Free of Intentionally Added PFAS The Foyer Sofa...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen

Materials

Leather, Oak

Carl Hansen Foyer Series Chair in Edelman's Helm Leather by Ilse Crawford
By Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Burlington, NJ
Edelman The foremost creator of leather for interiors, Edelman was founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife Arthur and Teddy Edelman. Incorporating a breadth of techniques and aesthetics,...
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen

Materials

Leather, Oak

Pendant in Glass by Vilhelm Lauritzen, 1950s
By Louis Poulsen, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Lejre, DK
Pendant in opaline glass designed in 1939 by Maa. Vilhelm Lauritzen for the building that housed the Danish national radio. Made by Louis Poulsen in 1939. Great condition.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Vilhelm Lauritzen

Materials

Brass

Vintage Radiohus Pendant by Vilhelm Lauritzen for Louis Poulsen, 1960s.
By Louis Poulsen, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Asaa, DK
Vintage Radiohus Pendant by Vilhelm Lauritzen for Louis Poulsen, 1960s. Original white opaline ceiling ceiling pendant designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen. Rewired with 200 cm new textil...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vilhelm Lauritzen

Materials

Opaline Glass

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Vilhelm Lauritzen furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Vilhelm Lauritzen furniture, although white editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 54 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 63 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Vilhelm Lauritzen were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen, Michael Bang, and Jo Hammerborg. Prices for Vilhelm Lauritzen furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $456 and can go as high as $34,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,661.

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