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Scandinavian Modern Leather and Teak Wood Armchair | Illum Wikkelsø | Eilersen | Denmark |1960s

Simple and beautiful armchair by Danish architect-designer Illum Wikkelsø (1919-1999), showing the rich, organic quality of his designs found on the vintage market and affirming his status as an active proponent of Scandinavian modernism in the postwar era.

Like most Danish designers at the time, Wikkelsø studied cabinetry, graduating from the Copenhagen School of Arts & Crafts. He later held positions with the cabinetmaker Jacob Kjaer and the architectural firm of Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard-Nielsen. In 1944, Wikkelsø moved to Århus to work as an interior designer.

In 1954, he began designing his own furniture and, a few years later, established a workshop. Like many of his Danish contemporaries—Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, and Hans Wegner, for example—Wikkelsø’s designs emphasize formal simplicity and biomorphic silhouettes. Wikkelsø’s background in cabinetry engendered in him a profound understanding of materials and an excellent attention to detail. Working with teak and rosewood, he captured delicately sculptural forms. Wikkelsø believed that furniture should be built to last while cradling the body and pleasing the eye.  

Dimensions (cm):

Height

55

Width

65

Depth

77.5

Seat Height

42

 

Creator: Illum Wikkelsø (designer) | Eilersen (Manufacturer)

Place of Origin: Denmark

Design Period: 60's

Style: Mid-Century Modern.

Materials: Leather and Teak Wood

Condition: Good - Lightly used, with very light scratches, or minor cosmetic wear, but has no structural issues. Most antique and vintage items fit this condition.

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