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Pair of Original Hans Olsen for Frem Røjle Danish Teak Bikini Chairs

$14,950per set

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Not only are these Hans Olsen Bikini chairs in beautiful condition, but they proudly sport their original green fabric. We took these chairs into our shop for a full detailing and only had to make very minor touch-ups. The glass-smooth multiplex teak looks like honey colored ribbon candy and curves like the fender on an Italian sports car.

Details

  • Creator
    Frem Røjle (Maker),Hans Olsen (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Depth: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor blemishes on original fabric (see pics). Very minor imperfections on teak frames (see pics).
  • Seller Location
    Chattanooga, TN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2255324314772

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  • Shipping
    Ships From: Chattanooga, TN
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Bikini Chair

Designed by Hans Olsen
Crafted to flaunt its curves just like its itsy-bitsy namesake, the Bikini chair is a singular example of the Danish mid-century modern style, set apart with its distinctive design and innovative use of materials. Hans Olsen (1919–92) first designed the chair in 1960 for Frem Røjle, a prolific furniture-making company with which Olsen collaborated for many of his now-celebrated pieces. Lauded immediately for its futuristic silhouette — all wide contours and sloping lines — the Bikini chair also exemplifies Olsen’s revolutionary application of humble materials to serious design. The cabinetmaker and furniture designer bent and re-formed laminated wood to create the sculptural look of the chair, thereby rendering something refined and noteworthy from an otherwise common material. Slight and pliable, the wood allowed Olsen to experiment with the Bikini chair’s shape without forgoing stability or longevity. The choice to upholster the cushions in wool shows how Olsen prioritized durability and comfort as well as aesthetics. Olsen got his start in furniture making in 1941 when he enrolled in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts to study under Kaare Klint, a famous furniture designer widely accepted to be the father of modern Danish design. It wasn’t until 1953, 10 years after graduating, that Olsen opened his own studio and began truly pushing the boundaries of what modern could mean. That boldness is here, in one of the best-known examples of Olsen’s ingenuity. Playful, smart and comfortable, the Bikini chair is edgy without edges. 
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