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Set of two armchairs from Ole Wanscher in mahogany, cane and leather Denmark 60s

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Pair of ‘Colonial’ armchairs, model PJ301 in mahogany, cane and original leather. Elegant pair easy chairs with a mahogany slim frame by the Danish designer Ole Wanscher. These chairs show the great craftsmanship and attention to detail that Ole Wanscher is known for. A woven back in cane and the seating in black leather cushion makes this set desirable in any modern or classic interior. Marked by the maker. Ole Wanscher turned to the classic forms and reinvented them for modern times and means. He was a student of Kaare Klint, and later followed in his footsteps as Professor at the Furniture School at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. Throughout his career Wanscher designed a number of elegant pieces in traditional materials that adopted modernism’s interest in mass-producing furniture that was affordable to a large percentage of people. Following his craftsman’s love of perfection, he also produced several luxury designs in limited editions. Wanscher came to the study of furniture design on trips through Egypt and Europe with his father who was researching the history of fine arts. In addition to the Egyptian furniture, Wanscher was heavily inspired by English period furniture, Greek and Chinese furniture. Along with other designers, like Finn Juhl and Børge Mogensen, Wanscher was developing the technique of the ‘unsupported arm,’ which gave the seat and back a somewhat unhinged and even animated quality and was used on this chair. He also designed a 1951 rocking chair for France and Søn with a curved, organic profile and a square rocking base. A 1960 folding ‘Egyptian Stool,’ mimicked the shape of a 3,000 year old stool, a form he probably came across on his early travels. In 1962 he designed a more luxurious chair in rare Brazilian rosewood, with a woven horsehair seat, reminiscent of a 1959 rosewood and leather armchair and ottoman for P. Jeppesen.
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