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Nanna Ditzel, 'nursing' chair, wool and teak, Denmark, 1953.  This round and comfortable armchair is designed by Nanna Ditzel. The chair features four thick legs that become smaller towards the top and bottom. The shell of the seat is round with a flat bottom. The signature detail of this chair is without a doubt the armrests that fall within the shell itself. The chair is accompanied by its matching ottoman which is relatively rare. Thanks to the protective and supporting design of this chair, the chair has been nicknamed the 'Nursing chair'. This unofficial name of this chair derives from a Japanese professor and furniture collector Nortisugu Oda, who was a great supporter of Ditzel's work. The chair and ottoman have been reupholstered in a Pierre Frey fabric. Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005) was a cabinetmaker and became a furniture designer in 1946, and together with her husband Jørgen Ditzel (1921-1961). Nanna Ditzel was a designer who was focussed on the use, need and function of furniture. Her style is therefore very approachable and useful but at times also bold and experimental. Ditzel made use of innovative techniques and materials.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1950-1959
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    This Oda chair has recently be upholstered by the experts of our own in-house upholstery studio. Measurements stool: D 40cm x W 46cm x H 38cm
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 37.8 in. x W 34.65 in. x D 36.23 in.H 96 cm x W 88 cm x D 92 cm
  • Seat Height
    15.36 in. (39 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    ODB 8969
  • Reference Number
    LU933112630112
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About Nanna Ditzel (Designer)

Nanna Ditzel was the most versatile and creative female designer that Denmark produced in the 20th century. Ditzel brought her talents to bear on a staggering array of forms — she designed furniture, jewelry, tableware and textiles; and she shaped her pieces using an equally astonishing variety of materials, from wood and wicker to silver, ceramics and fiberglass.

     Born in Copenhagen, she trained as a cabinetmaker at the Royal Academy's furniture school — overseen by the great craftsman of the day, Kaare Klint — and graduated in 1943. Ditzel’s early work adhered to the classic Danish modernist tenets of simplicity, comfort and quality, and her armchairs, with their softly curved backrests are much in the spirit of Hans Wegner. Ditzel’s signature piece of that time is her “Ring chair.” Designed along with her husband, Jørgen Ditzel, a fabric maker, the chair has a semicircular padded armrest that seems to embrace the sitter. Ditzel began designing in wicker and in 1959 produced the “Hanging chair.” The piece, suspended from the ceiling by a chain, became a favorite for fashion shoots and may be as iconic of the 1960s as Eero Aarnio’s plastic ball chair of 1963.

     In 1956, Ditzel began designing for the Danish silverware firm Georg Jensen. In an association that lasted some 40 years, Ditzel would create organically shaped jewelry, barware, ceramic tableware and even tablecloths. Like her fellow Dane Verner Panton, Ditzel was not afraid to embrace industrial materials, and she began designing fiberglass chairs in the mid-1960s. Some of her most flamboyant work came toward the end of her career, in pieces such as 1989’s “Bench for Two,” with its shocking Op-art finish, or the “Trinidad chair” of 1992, with it’s sunburst-like, cut-though backs. Such feats of creativity were a fitting coda to one of the most imaginative, prolific and remarkable women of modern design.

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