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Danes and Teak: The mid-century modern peak

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Mid-century furniture, always seems to pop up in some design journal weekly...and that which comes to mind in particular- the shapely, aquiline profile of a Scandinavian teak framed chair.

Though common in any good vintage furniture store, from Sydney to Seattle, it will never be just a `trend' item. It is an ubiquitous classic - an enduring icon..

Teak, being durable, weatherproof and easy to handcraft, despite its density, was the medium of choice by Dutch settlers in the early 19th century. Re-harvested from Southern Asian expeditions, they valued it's moisture-proof qualities in their Scandinavian climate.

In the 1920's to 30's, revolutionary designers such as Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen, carved a niche and hence a movement. Embracing the Bauhaus rule of `form follows function' and coupling this with a study of ergonomics… classical furniture craftsmanship was reinvigorated. Shying away from the sharp line of the preceding early modernists, Danish furniture style spread internationally and mass production techniques expanded the movement to the USA. Though reproductions, and re-designs have emerged each decade since, an original, hand-crafted teak chair of this heritage, is one surely to be throned as the Great Dane of any room.

From rocking chairs, to recliners to organically restored 1950's parkers, if it's Danish furniture you're after, we have the answer.

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 4:27 pm
danish furniture, mid century, teak, teaks

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