Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

Odelberg Olsen Work Chairs

$3,250per item

About

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.

Details

  • 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
    Plywood,Molded
  • 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

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $499 Standard Front Door Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 3-6 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Retailer

Knoll

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.

About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in New York, NY
Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Gold Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are highly rated and consistently exceed customer expectations.
Established in 1995
1stDibs seller since 2007
210 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
Associations
20th Century Specialists
More From This Seller
  • By Ann Hatfield and Martin Craig
    Located in New York, NY
    Rare, award-winning chair with adjustable back by Ann Hatfield and Martin Craig, designed for MoMA's 1941 Organi...
    Category

    Vintage 1940s American Organic Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

    Materials

    Birch

  • By Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius, Kill International
    Located in New York, NY
    FK-86 armchair in chrome-plated steel with five-point cast aluminum base with casters. Original gray leather on ...
    Category

    Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

    Materials

    Aluminum, Chrome

  • By Erik Buch, Povl Dinesen
    Located in New York, NY
    Model 49 chair by Danish designer Erik Buck, made by the Poul Dinesen cabinet shop, circa 1950s. An early exampl...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

    Materials

    Leather, Teak

  • By Nanna Ditzel, A.P. Stolen
    Located in New York, NY
    Curved-back lounge chair with splayed oak legs and original two-tone fabric. Designed by Nanna Ditzel and produc...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

    Materials

    Oak, Fabric

  • By Arthur Collani
    Located in New York, NY
    Vintage tilt-back "Porch" chair of Douglas fir plywood with solid birch slats. Home construction project, based ...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

    Materials

    Birch, Plywood

  • By Arthur Collani
    Located in New York, NY
    Three-legged "Modern" chair in cut Douglas Fir plywood. A home construction project, based on a pattern by Arthu...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

    Materials

    Plywood

You May Also Like

Set of Two Industrial Workshop Stools by AB Odelberg Olsen, 1930s, Sweden
By Odelberg Olsen
Located in Munich, DE
Set of two extremely rare industrial workshop stools. Manufactured by AB Odelberg Olsen, 1930s, Sweden. Executed in Bakelite seat and enameled steel base. Dimensions: Dm 13 in. x H...
Category

Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Vintage Industrial Bakelite Artist Painters Work Stool by AB Odelberg-Olsen
By Jean Prouvé
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A rare stool variation designed by AB Odelberg-Olson, Sweden. Rag soaked bakelite stool top. Retains original label.
Category

Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Stools

Materials

Steel

Otto Zapf Executive Chair
By Knoll, Otto Zapf
Located in Chicago, IL
Otto Zapf executive chair, low-back lounge, tilt swivel adjustable seat height on wheels. Signed on underside label pictured.    
Category

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

5 Saarinen Executive Chairs for Knoll
By Eero Saarinen, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Saarinen design for Knoll executive arm chairs, circa 1970s. These chairs are in good, original condition, showing some cosmetic wear to fabric, usable as is, or can be reupho...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Arne Jacobsen Model 3117 Adjustable Desk Work Chairs, 1955, Early Matching Pair
By Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in London, GB
Arne Jacobsen (designer) Fritz Hansen (manufacturer), Denmark Pair of Model 3117 desk chairs, designed 1955 Black lacquered veneered plywood, nickel-plated steel, swivel base on...
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Plywood

1930s Rare Industrial Workshop Stool by AB Odelberg-Olson
By Odelberg Olsen
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
Extremely rare Industrial workshop stool that has been designed bij John Odelberg and Anders Olsef and manufactured by AB Odelberg Olson in the 1930s in Sweden. Executed in original ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Metal

Flat Bar Brno Style Chair
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in Redding, CT
Flat bar Brno style chair .In the style of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll. Light eggshell blue upholstery in need of recovering. Classic lines make up this beauty. Use for office...
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Flat Bar Brno Style Chair
$702 Sale Price
28% Off
Midcentury Bucket Chair By Herman Miller
By Knoll, Herman Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Molded fiberglass chair set on aluminum rolling base. Great vintage modern office design for the modern home. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery