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.
Beyond its commercial activities, the gallery works to expand the appreciation of important Danish furniture through publications and exhibitions. In 2007, Dansk Møbelkunst was co-publisher for the English-language edition of Arne Karlsen’s 2-volume work, Danish Furniture Design in the 20th Century, originally published in 1990 and the definitive reference on the subject. Since 1999, Dansk Møbelkunst has mounted exhibitions and produced illustrated catalogues on the work of Kaare Klint + Poul Kjærholm (2009), Hans J. Wegner (2007), Poul Henningsen (2004), Arne Jacobsen (2002) and Danish cabinetmakers furniture (2005, 2000, 1999).
Dansk Møbelkunst exhibits at the most important international art and design fairs such as: TEFAF (Maastricht & New York), Design Miami (Basel & Miami), The FIAC (Paris), Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux Arts (Paris), PAD (London) and the Biennale des Antiquaires (Paris).