Dansk Møbelkunst gallery specializes in rare, original works of Danish furniture that were created during 1920-70, when a circle of craftsmen, architects and designers erased the distinction between works of art and functional equipment for everyday life. Established by Ole Høstbo in 1992, Dansk Møbelkunst takes its name from the Danish word for Furniture Art, a term that is rooted in the handicraft tradition and signifies a synthesis of aesthetics, utility and craftsmanship. During the twentieth century, møbelkunst evolved from the reproduction of historical styles to the creation of truly modern furniture that relied on beautiful materials, rather than applied decoration, and finely-crafted details for its aesthetic value. The gallery's expertise encompasses both handcrafted masterpieces and iconic works of industrial design.
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The pieces selected for this year’s Curio exhibition at Design Miami / Basel this June can be seen as utopian ramifications of Nordic functionalism. They put the material effects to the test and radicalize the movement in the post-war period towards a freer and more informal expression liberated from historical conventions. Neither were intended […]
Bench by Erik Ole Jørgensen
Erik Ole Jørgensen (1925 – 2002) began his career as a furniture upholsterer. He continued his education at the Design School in Copenhagen from where he graduated in 1948. During his studies in the 1940’s he also worked for Kaare Klint. Erik Ole Jørgensen had a flair for the tactile qualities of furniture and textiles. […]
Words like delicate, elegant and orderly come to mind when describing the designs of Ole Wanscher (1903–1985). Wanscher was a student of Kaare Klint, and later followed in his footsteps as Professor at the Furniture School at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Like Klint, he didn’t understand the rejection of the past represented […]