At Mostly Danish, we take great pride in both the elegant, simple beauty of our work, and its functional, long-lasting nature. Every piece of furniture we display has a story, and an important part of that story comes from the famed designer who created them. Each of the designers below is prominently featured in the furniture we display, and each designer has a story that gives insight into the origin of each piece’s design. When you choose to buy from Mostly Danish, you are choosing from a handpicked, award-winning collection of Danish, mid-century modern furniture – read more below to see how these famed designers set our furniture apart!
Arne Jacobsen was heavily influenced by the renowned designer couple Charles and Ray Eames. In 1952 he broke onto the Modern design scene with the Ant™, which was succeeded by the Series 7™ in 1955. Arne Jacobsen was very productive both as a designer and architect, designing the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen at the end of the 1950s. It was for this project that he designed the Egg™, the Swan™, the Swan™ sofa and the Series 3300™.
Hans J. Wegner
Hans. J. Wegner was widely considered to be one of the leading figures of 20th-century furniture design, and a driving force of the Danish Modern design movement. His designs helped change the way that people considered furniture in their homes and workspaces during the 1950s and 60s. A master carpenter, he focused on perfectly finished joints and breathtaking form while fostering a deep respect for the wood, its characteristics and sourcing good materials. Hans J. Wegner designed more than 500 chairs during his lifetime and made countless contributions to Danish Modern design.
In 1944, Niels Moller founded J.L. Mollers Mobelfabrik in Arhus, Denmark, which is still a family-owned and operated business today. Seven years later, in 1951, Moller designed the #71 chair, which continues to be on of his most popular designs to date, along with his #78/62 chairs designed in 1962. Moller’s elegant and subtle designs made it his work a standard for design and quality of production in the industry.
Kai Kristiansen’s designs have become some of the most famous pieces to come out of the Danish Modern design movement of the 20th century - so much so that his name has become synonymous with Danish Modern design. Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, he continued his training in design at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts and went on to opening his own design firm. He designed for many companies including Fritz Hansen, Magnus Olesen, Heltborg, and Schou Andersen Mobelfabrik. One of his most celebrated designs is the #42 chair, designed for Schou Andersen, which later became an iconic piece of Danish Modern furniture.
Grete Jalk was formally trained at the School of Arts and Crafts, going on to study with Danish design master Kaare Klint at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. She pioneered Denmark’s reputation for modern furniture design with her clean, comfortable lines, and bold, curved models. Jalk is known for the contributions she made to Danish Modern design with her individual pieces and for her ability to create entire environments finely tuned to the needs of those living within them.
Functional is the word which best describes B∅rge Mogensen’s creations. The majority of his furniture was designed with industrial production in mind and is characterized by strong and simple lines. His true genius is to be found in his almost scientific analysis of the functionality of a piece of furniture.
Juhl was a famous Danish architect, industrial and interior designer most known for his furniture design. While initially unpopular in Denmark, he fostered quite a reputation abroad. He won a total of five gold medals at the Milan Triennale in the 1950s, and his designs are still winning awards to this day.
Now that you’ve learned about the incredible designers behind the work at Mostly Danish, are you ready to come see their creations in person? Visit either of our locations, 1000 Wellington Street West and 2437 Kaladar Avenue, or contact us today!
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