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Pair Mid-Century Modern Grete Jalk France Daverkosen Danish Lounge Chairs

$5,495per set

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Danish made, mid-century modern, beech wood armchairs by Grete Jalk for John Stuart / France Daverkosen. Jalk’s classic chair designs have become the standard for Danish mid-century modern armchairs. These two are particularly special. Loop coil support bands are unique to Danish chairs. Here, Grete Jalk uses them as part of the design as they work to support the back cushion. Using the coil bands on the back lends greater pliability to the back. This pliability allows the cushion to flex with the occupant. This unique feature improves comfort. Aside from the design, the chairs also have an interesting history. You’ll se both “FD Denmark” France Daverkosen AND John Stuart of New York marks on the chair. The chairs were made in Denmark by France Daverkosen and licensed to John Stuart for the American market. The original beech wood frames are tight and in excellent vintage condition with only very minor imperfections near the feet. Professionally detailed top to bottom. Two support straps have been replaced. Straps are still very tight, but a few have small cosmetic separations in the plastic coating. The newer upholstery and button tufting looks great with no visible imperfections. The fabric has been professionally steam cleaned. The cushions are very heavy and appear to have internal springs. Measures: 28.75” Wide x 30.5” Deep x 31.5” High (16” seat height).

Details

  • Creator
    John Stuart Inc. (Manufacturer),Grete Jalk (Designer),France & Daverkosen (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in (80.01 cm)Width: 28.75 in (73.03 cm)Depth: 30.5 in (77.47 cm)Seat Height: 16 in (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Frames are tight and in excellent vintage condition with only very minor imperfections near the feet. Professionally detailed top to bottom. (2) support straps have been replaced. Straps are very tight, but a few have small cosmetic separations.
  • Seller Location
    Chattanooga, TN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2255329719212

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    Ships From: Chattanooga, TN
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About the Designer

Grete Jalk

What would the reputation of mid-century Danish furniture be without legendary female designer Grete Jalk? A pioneer of Scandinavian modernism, Jalk sought to craft furniture that was both cost-efficient and high in quality, each piece made for the evolving interiors and design sensibilities of the day. She continues to be celebrated for her sleek and minimal armchairs, lounge chairs, coffee tables and more.

Jalk was born in 1920 in Copenhagen. She studied at the Drawing and Applied Art School for Women before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where famed designer Kaare Klint was among her instructors. Jalk completed her studies in 1946 and began a cabinetmaker apprenticeship. That same year, she won an award at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild competition. Jalk also participated in the 1951 Milan Triennial exhibition, where her designs earned more acclaim and attention.

In 1954, Jalk opened her own design studio and began working with major Danish furniture manufacturers like Fritz Hansen and Glostrup Møbelfabrik. She found inspiration in plywood experiments carried out by Alvar Aalto and Ray and Charles Eames, and she quickly became known for her pared-back, expressive designs, which touted fluid forms and were made of alluring woods such as teak and rosewood.

Jalk’s best-known work is the 1963 GJ chair, a collaboration with cabinetmaker Poul Jeppesen that won first place in the Daily Mail International Furniture Competition. Made of two pieces of molded teak plywood, the sculptural GJ lounge chair is part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

While creating her iconic furniture designs, Jalk wore many other hats. She taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and served as an editor of the Danish design magazine Mobilia from 1956–62 and 1968–74. In 1974, Jalk curated a traveling design exhibition for the Danish Foreign Ministry and was named a member of the Danish Design Council in 1981. She was also the editor of 40 Years of Danish Furniture Design: The Copenhagen Cabinet-makers' Guild Exhibitions 1927–1966, published in 1987.

Jalk passed away in 2006 at the age of 86. In 2008, Danish furniture manufacturer Lange Production was granted exclusive rights to reproduce the GJ chair, a design as fresh and original today as ever.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Grete Jalk seating, tables and storage pieces.

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