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Rare Pair of Loungers by Fredrik Kayser, Model No 860 for Vatne Lenestolfabrikk

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A rare pair of organic chaped lounge chairs, model 860 by Fredrik A. Kayser for Vatne Lenestolfabrikk. Upholstered in a 100% wool fabric in a light color with a hint of pink. Legs of teak. About the designer: Norwegian industrial designer, Fredrik A. Kayser (1924-1968) was born in Bergen, and was introduced to the world of design at a young age through his family’s furniture business. Apprenticed as a carpenter, Kayser’s first chair design was put into production by Viken Møbelfabrikk when he was just fifteen years old, foreshadowing a bright future in design. Kayser attended the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry—now known as the Oslo National Academy of the Arts—graduating in 1945. From 1945 to 1946, he worked for design firm Rastad & Relling in Oslo before opening his own factory in Bergen. Unfortunately his business was unsuccessful, and he returned to his previous employer in capital, where he stayed from 1952 to 1956, he worked. In 1956, Kayser founded his own design studio, and worked as a freelancer for various chair and furniture manufacturers, such as Viken Mobelfabrikk, where he designed the teak and rosewood Hertug sideboard. Kayser collaborated with Knut Sæter of Vatne Lenestolfabrikk (armchair factory) in 1958, creating furniture that could be easily shipped and assembled. This new collection, shown at the export fair in Helsingør in 1958, was well-received both in Norway and internationally. The partnership, which lasted until Kayser’s death in 1968, was his most successful venture, some designs from which are still in production today including the rosewood and teak 807 Easy Chair (1965) and the high-backed 965 Lounge Chair (1960s). Kayser passed away at the premature age of forty-four. Although his life was short, his accomplishments and designs have earned him a place among Norway’s most important mid-century designers.
  • Creator:
    Fredrik A. Kayser (Designer),Vatne Møbler (Cabinetmaker)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 27.17 in (69 cm)Width: 32.68 in (83 cm)Depth: 28.75 in (73 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:
    1960s
  • Condition:
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    Hønefoss, NO
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU7194230626652
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