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Pair of Danish Øreklapstolen Chairs, Denmark, 1950s

$8,650per set


This pair of Danish cabinetmaker chairs, often referred to as “Øreklapstolen” or “ear flap chairs” is a great example of the Danish Mid-Century Modern aesthetic. Danish design is torn between epochs; it is a term that accommodates both the functional craftsmanship of the 1950s Golden Age, as well as the present-day appreciation of Hygge. This is without a doubt a difficult task, however these chairs manage to encapsulate both ideals. From the welcoming beech frames and the sculptural arms to the cosy upholstery, these chairs express a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment. These ear flap chairs have a distinctive shape with a high back and two “ears” that encompass the sitter. The armrests are gently curved outwards, while the slightly tapered legs give these chairs a balanced appearance. The ergonomic design and the removable soft seat cushions offer a comfortable sitting position. The timeless design of this pair is a frontrunner of what is considered midcentury Danish modern. The beech wood has a beautiful patina and stands out thanks to the upholstery in a premium light fabric. Condition: In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The chairs have been recently reupholstered in a premium fabric. Dimensions: 26.37 in W x 36.22 in D x 38.38 in H; Seat height 15.35 in 67 cm W x 92 cm D x 97.5 cm H; Seat height 39 cm ?About the designer: Midcentury Danish design is world famous for the partnership between designer and manufacturer, resulting in ground-breaking creations. The Danish design idiom was centred on warm woods, quality fabrics and gentle yet robust support for the spine - qualities that engender contentment and well-being, a defining characteristic of Danish culture. The “Great Danes” believed furniture should be shorn of aesthetic detail and be an amalgam of form and function. A master cabinet-maker is not a carpenter, as this was a rare breed of craftsman who had to be recognised by the Danish government after several years of toiling at his craft, as well as having to ace gruelling design competitions before becoming a master cabinet-maker. Since Denmark was a special instance of tempered industrialization, it managed to preserve sound traditions and continue to safeguard values of craftsmanship, materiality and usability. Today, Danish furniture is sought after by collectors for Classic looks, storied designs and solid quality, works that are truly soulful and timeless. ~H. Shipping: This pair of chairs will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the items in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 38.39 in. (97.5 cm)Width: 26.38 in. (67 cm)Depth: 36.23 in. (92 cm)Seat Height: 15.36 in. (39 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. The chairs have been recently reupholstered in a premium fabric.
  • Seller Location
    Utrecht, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 20200419 + 202004501stDibs: LU2947323343122

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    Ships From: Utrecht, Netherlands
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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