Ib Kofod-Larsen

Architect and furniture designer, admired by the way he used the wood grain to help create clean and graceful lines. The quality of his materials makes his designs timeless and stylish, deeply cherished by designers worldwide. His style represents minimalist and organic, and his versatility, practical pieces, and minimal aesthetic were what established him as a designer.

Born in Denmark, Kofod-Larsen studied at the Danish Royal Academy in Copenhagen, like many of his contemporaneous fellow designers. He mostly liked to work with materials like teak, rosewood and luxurious leathers. Kofod-Larsen’s design collection includes chairs, cabinets, bookcases, daybeds and much more. His first acknowledgment as a designer was when he won the Holmegaard Glass Competition and received the Danish Cabinetmakers Guild’s annual award, both in 1948. He worked for companies like G-Plan in the United Kingdome, and Faarup in Sweden. One of his most astonishing pieces, the Model 66 sideboard, was designed for Faarup.

His work with Faarup made Kofod-Larsen designs stood out in Sweden and the UK. He worked with OPE Möbler, creating one of his most iconic designs, the Sälen or Seal Chair, manufactured in the 1950s. The popularity of another of his highly demanded pieces came when Queen Elizabeth II purchased a pair of the initially named the U-56. Some say that the model name changed to the Elizabeth in honor of the Queen. His work with British furniture company High Wycombe, helped them to gain fame with a cleaner and more minimalist line named the G-Plan. This collection was and remains to be significantly acclaimed. The Selig company was in charge of selling his pieces in the U.S. market in the 1950s.

Kofod-Larsen passed away in 2003. He will remain as one of the most important Danish Modern designers of the mid-20th century period. His designs have become more and more acclaimed and beloved by quality furniture buyers in recent years.