Midcentury designs are becoming more and more sort after, and it’s become the sole strategy for many Danish design brands to get the rights to remanufacture the best of the best. Who haven’t dreamed of a Greta Grossman’s Grasshopper lamp from Gubi or Ib Kofod-Larsen’s Penguin Chair from Brdr. Petersen – I know I have. The great thing is that we probably haven’t even seen the tip of the iceberg yet. They were really productive back in the days. Just as you there is no more designs to be found, new ones are dogged out of the drawing boards. Just recently new Danish brand WarmNordic launched a lot of designs that haven’t been seen in a long time by relatively forgotten designers like Hans Olsen and Arne Hovmand-Olsen, just to name a few.
Just a month ago new forgotten designs emerged at the Wright Scandinavian Design Auction – I went through them all, and here is my top 6 pick of designs I would like to see back in production.
Arne Vodder Chaise Lounge
Whom ever got this chair made a great purchase. With its original leather strapping and beautiful patina on its teak frame, the rare chaise lounge arrives in excellent condition with normal signs of wear is just a stunner. It is a perfect example of Vodder’s intuition as a designer, as he was best known for his use of natural materials such as exotic rosewood and teak, as well as organic forms, curved lines and a playful approach to colour panels. The chaise lounge was produce in the 1950s by Danish Bovirke, who closed its doors decades ago. Not many of his designs are in production today, which really is a shame – ideally a new manufacturer need to excel in leather work, maybe Brdr. Petersen.
Jens Quistgaard Sculptor’s Stool
This work is from the limited edition of 15 produced for Jens Quistgaard’s 2004 retrospective exhibition in Denmark – and really is a piece of art. Jens Quistgaard is most known for his Dansk pot collection, which mostly made it big in the US. Actually even though he was Danish, he is relatively unknown this side. A few years ago, Gubi produced his Safari Chair, but by the looks of it not anymore. The Sculptor Stool deserves to be manufactured by a company that are experts in wood – I’d say someone like Fredericia.
Finn Juhl lounge chairs
Luckily, we have House of Finn Juhl to slowly put Mr. Juhls many designs back into production again. Most of the chairs we have seen so far have a separate back rest and seat, so this lounge chair would be a great come back and a great addition to the House of Finn Juhl collection. The resting chair was designed in 1953 and shown first at cabinet maker exhibition same year. I wouldn’t be surprised to this chair back in production soon.
Arne Jacobsen’s nightstands
If you saw my post from my visit at the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen a few months ago, you might have spotted one of these nightstands (granted it’s not super visible). There is only one room left at the iconic hotel that’s left as Arne intended it – and most iconic is probably the color, which you also see on these nightstands. Pretty much all Arne’s other furniture pieces for this hotel are in production today, but not the nightstands, why? Clearly this would be a job for Fritz Hansen, as they manufacture his other iconic pieces today.
Arne Hovmand-Olsen lounge chair
If this had been in real sheepskin and not faux, it would have been even better. There is something about this lounge chair that screams no way should it make a comeback, it somehow reminds me of a bad pleather version from the 80s. But then again, there is something about how the wood cuts through the sheepskin that I really like – and hey, it really do look pretty comfy. New Danish brand Warm Nordic recently started to produce a few of Hovmand-Olsen’s pieces, so maybe we will see this back in production too.
Jørgen Gammelgaard settee
There is something so unique about this two-seater that I really like. The round curves and the chunky legs are almost a bit childlike, but just how amazing is this fully upholstered settee in two different leathers and two different type of wood legs. Jørgen Gammelgaard worked alongside some of the most known designers like Poul Kjærholm and Ole Wanscher, and mostly known for his lamp designs. Originally produced by Erik Jørgensen, which I really don’t see reproducing this sofa again, it would however, be perfect for new Danish Klassik Studio.
Any pieces from the past you would like to see back in production again? Or do you feel like, past is past, and we should look to the future with new designers?