Above Picture: Model 66 sideboard designed by Kofod-Larsen and manufactured by Faarup in the 1950’s. Photo: The Modern Warehouse.
Born in 1921 Danish architect and designer Ib Kofod Larsen’s pieces have become increasingly more desirable to collectors. With an innate feeling for the material his designs are often a rather striking standout among the works of his contemporaries.
In 1948 Kofod-Larsen received an award at the Danish Cabinetmakers Guild competition which brought him to the attention of Faarup Møbelfabrik, one of Denmark’s leading furniture manufacturers. This partnership would lead to some of Kofod-Larsen’s more beautiful works; most notable the ‘Model 66’ sideboard produced by Faarup in the 1950’s.
With an established reputation at Faarup, Kofod-Larsen was approached by High Wycombe of Britain to produce a series for their G-Plan line. High Wycombe had been losing ground in the UK to the increasing popularity of Scandinavian Modern furniture and commissioned Ib Kofod-Larsen to design a modern range. This was a bit of a double-edged sword for High Wycombe as these new modern designs, while quite popular with the buying public, made the rest of their range seem dated and High Wycombe eventually lost their market-leading position. The pieces Kofod-Larsen’s designed for G-Plan are very popular and affordable for collectors today.
Two Kofod-Larsen chairs of note that have become popular in recent years are the striking ‘Salen’ or ‘Seal’ chair and the ‘Elizabeth’ chair (named after Queen Elizabeth when she purchased a pair after a 1958 trip to Denmark) , both produced by OPE Mobler. Featuring finely sculpted teak or rosewood frame and often upholstered in leather, these chaira have been reaching tremendously high prices in recent years.