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Odelberg Olsen Work Chairs

$3,250per item


Two work chairs of molded birch plywood and painted steel by the Swedish metalworking firm of Odelberg Olsen, produced circa 1948, for distribution by Knoll in the U.S. market. The chair, which references Prouve, is shown in the 1948 Knoll catalog (image attached). The seats and pivoting backs are adjustable. Seats height extends from 16" to 19". Branded "Made in Sweden." Priced individually.


  • Creator
    Odelberg Olsen (Designer),Knoll (Retailer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Width: 16.75 in. (42.55 cm)Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1948
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Fine structural condition. The wooden seats and backs have been refinished. Metal parts are in original condition, with loss to paint consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU82851911462

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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About the Retailer


As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.

The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design — a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems — as Knoll's mid-century modern furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.

Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decor. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as the elegant Barcelona chaircreated by Mies and Lilly Reich — Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily lounge chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia.

As you can see from the collection of these designs and other vintage Knoll dining chairs, sofas and tables on 1stDibs, this manufacturer's offerings have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of modernism.

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