Arne Wahl Iversen
He grew up in his fathers’ furniture store and from a young age showed a talent for design. Arne took education as furniture craftsman in Odense and then moved to Copenhagen where he attended the Kunstakademiet (art academy) from 1949-1951 in the school of furniture art lead by Mr. Kaare Klint.
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At the age of 25, Arne returned to Nyborg and founded his own studio for furniture design with the idea to make elegant and functional furniture in extraordinary handmade quality.
He soon became one of the most recognized designers of Scandinavian Midcentury Modern Design.
Arne worked until the beginning of 80’ies and has left behind several contemporary design treasures that are now being re-produced 1-1 by Skovgaard Jensen who was one of Arne Wahl Iversen’s favourite partners.
His designs carried the form, of what is called "The Modern Scandinavian Style". Like many of the well known contemporary Danish designers, Buck’s trademarks was “organic, functional and aesthetic” furniture made by master craftsmen in Danish oak and birch but also even more exotic materials like Teak and Palisander.
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His breakthrough was "Model 49" which originally came out in 1949. An elegant dining chair that now is relaunched as SJ49 or "Jazz" along with the "Captains Chair" which was launched in 1955.
Buck died in 1981. His designs have long been vintage bestsellers and are now available in genuine replicas.
The gentleman designer. Andersen was born in Aarhus, Denmark in 1903. He apprenticed as a cabinet maker, becoming certified in 1922. By the mid-1930s, when Danish modern design rose in popularity beyond Denmark, he opened his own workshop. He continued to work with other design houses as well, including Bernh, Pedersen & Son in Denmark, and Trensum in Sweden.
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Scandinavian furniture was known for its distinctive shapes, flowing contours, and is “restrained chic.” Andersen certainly followed this aesthetic in his designs.
Looking at his work, it is also easy to see the influences of the culture and environment that surrounded him. The hallmarks of the Scandinavian ethos are present but interpreted in a way that is Andersen’s alone.
We are proud and lucky to have three Danish pioneers of furniture-making bringing life to our design.
We always strive to evolve while staying true to our heritage. This means new collaborations and partnerships may influence this list of Legends.