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Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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.

On 1stDibs, discover a range of vintage Vilhelm Lauritzen lighting, seating, tables and more.

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Creator: Vilhelm Lauritzen
Carl Hansen Foyer Series Bench in Edelman's Helm Leather by Ilse Crawford
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Vilhelm Lauritzen, Ilse Crawford
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 Seating

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Leather, Oak

Carl Hansen Foyer Series Sofa in Edelman's Helm Leather by Ilse Crawford
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Vilhelm Lauritzen, Ilse Crawford
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 Seating

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Leather, Oak

Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA26 Vega' Chair in Oak Chrome and Oil for Carl Hansen & Son
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Glendale, CA
Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA26 Vega' Chair in Oak Chrome and Oil for Carl Hansen & Son. The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm comm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Chrome

Carl Hansen Foyer Series Chair in Edelman's Helm Leather by Ilse Crawford
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn
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,...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Leather, Oak

Carl Hansen Vega Series Chair in Edelman's Poem Leather by Ilse Crawford
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn
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,...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Leather, Oak

Carl Hansen Vega Series Chair in Edelman's Oath Leather by Ilse Crawford
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Ilse Crawford, Carl Hansen & Søn
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,...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Leather, Oak

Pair of Danish adjustable orchestra musician chairs with backrests
By Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in DK
This pair of very rare chairs was designed in 1942 by Vilhelm Lauritzen for the iconic Radiohuset building in Copenhagen. They are designed for the musicians / the orchestra. They ha...
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Brass

Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Oak Oil and Fabric for Carl Hansen & Son
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Oak Oil and Fabric for Carl Hansen & Son. The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitmen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Brass

Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Oak Oil and Leather for Carl Hansen & Son
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Glendale, CA
Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Oak Oil and Leather for Carl Hansen & Son. The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Brass

Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Mahogany and Leather for Carl Hansen & Son
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Mahogany and Leather for Carl Hansen & Son. The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Brass

Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Mahogany and Fabric for Carl Hansen & Son
By Vilhelm Lauritzen, Carl Hansen & Søn
Located in Glendale, CA
Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Mahogany and Fabric for Carl Hansen & Son. The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Brass

Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Oak Soap and Leather for Carl Hansen & Son
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Glendale, CA
Vilhelm Lauritzen 'VLA61' Chair in Oak Soap and Leather for Carl Hansen & Son. The story of Danish Modern begins in 1908 when Carl Hansen opened his first workshop. His firm commitm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Brass

Pair of Very Rare Vilhelm Lauritzen Music Chair , Denmark
By Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Praha, CZ
- Oak wood, brass and fabric - Creation date: 1942 Music chair - Model designed for the National Broadcasting House - Copenhagen - good original condition - sturdy and stable - nee...
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1940s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Brass

Vilhelm Lauritzen Bench, Denmark. 1937
By Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Vilhelm Lauritzen, Scandinavian Modern A very rare bench by Vilhelm Lauritzen made for Gladsaxe Town Hall, Söborg, Denmark, 1936-1937. This model was also used for the Danish Embass...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Steel

Acton Bjørn & Vilhelm Lauritzen Armchair Produced by Willy Back in Denmark
By Acton Bjørn, Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Very rare armchair attributed to Acton Bjørn & Vilhelm Lauritzen. Produced by cabinetmaker Willy beck in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Leather, Rosewood

Vilhelm Lauritzen Bench in Teak and Metal, 1960s
By Vilhelm Lauritzen
Located in Valby, 84
Rare and important bench in steel and teak made on commission for Mørkhøj Skole by Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen in the 1960s. The bench has a ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Vilhelm Lauritzen Seating

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Vilhelm Lauritzen seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Vilhelm Lauritzen seating are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Vilhelm Lauritzen seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 6 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 5 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original seating by Vilhelm Lauritzen were created in the mid-century modern style in scandinavia during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by C.M. Madsen, Poul Cadovius, and Harry Østergaard. Prices for Vilhelm Lauritzen seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $4,140 and can go as high as $21,685, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $13,307.

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