1919-1999

Illum Wikkelsoe

The Danish designer Illum Wikkelsoe was born in 1919 and like many of his contemporaries, he began his craft as a cabinet maker graduating from the Copenhagen School of Arts & Crafts. He began his working career under the famous cabinet maker Jacob Kjaer and the architectural firm of Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard-Nielsen who remained a strong influence even after he’d moved on. He began designing his own furniture in 1944.
Little biographical information about Wikkelsoe remains but his prolific legacy of furniture survives him. Many of his beautiful pieces still circulate today in fabulous condition. This is due to the design principles he worked by. He believed furniture should be built to last with durable, strong design and construction. He also paid attention to the human form with designs that closely embraced the body. Wikkelsoe was inspired by the nature around him. His furniture is characterised by clean flowing lines and organic shapes. Many of his pieces are low slung in structure and use solid bold colours. He collaborated with multiple manufacturers to produce his designs including Holgar Christiansen, Komfort, and Soren Willadsen.

T118 | Coffee Table

One of  Wikklesoe’s well-known designs from his career is the T118 Coffee Table designed around 1950.This sculptural simplistic table was designed in both a circular and rectangular shape. The beautiful base is formed by solid wood legs which cross in a low X. The glass top well balanced with rounded edges allowing unobstructed view of the sculptural legs. An excellent example of minimal design and handcraft work.

Gyngestol Rocking Chair (1958)

The Gyngestol Rocking Chair a popular design by Illum Wikkelsoe for Niels Eilersen Mobler. The beautiful chair features a spoke back, sweeping armrests and a generous seat.The frame is solid Beech and the seat is veneered ply. It was finished in a variety of stains and colours.  Both sculptural and comfortable the Gynestol rocking chair is lovely in living areas or a nursery or bedroom.

Model 91 Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Model 91 Lounge Chair and Ottoman was designed for for Mikael Laursen around 1959. The shell shaped chair curves comfortably around the sitter. Designed and produced with matching ottomans the seats were made for comfort. The large comfortable seat rests on solid wood leg which cross sculpturally beneath it. A quintessential Wikkelsoe piece, designed to embrace the body and built to last a lifetime.

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