7 240.00 EUR
This set of lounge chairs was fully restored with new foam and De Ploeg wool upholstery in a blue/green melange. The set was designed by Aksel Bender Madsen and produced in Denmark to be distributed by Dutch firm Bovenkamp in the 1950s and 1960s. The high-quality teak frame shows an interesting grain and retains a vintage patina. Biography Aksel Bender Madsen was born on 16 August 1916 in Ringe on the Danish island of Funen as the son of farmer Niels Martin Madsen. After training as a cabinetmaker, he attended the Furniture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1940. After that he worked with architects Kaare Klint and Arne Jacobsen until 1943. From 1942, he designed his own models which he exhibited at the annual Cabinetmakers Guild´s exhibitions in Copenhagen. While studying at the Academy, he met Ejner Larsen who became his partner. In 1947, they established a design studio together. The same year, they presented works made by cabinet maker Willy Beck at the Cabinetmakers Guild´s exhibition in Copenhagen where they continued to participate year after year, working with Beck for a total of 25 years. In addition to sculptural chair designs, they also designed living rooms, bedrooms, shelving, dining tables, and office furniture. Their most notable work is the Metropolitan Chair, in bent plywood, which was exhibited in 1949 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen from 1952. All their works have a clear, timeless, simple style which continues to please today. In Madsen´s own words: ´´What Ejner Larsen and I have made has always been in line with the principles we learnt from Kaare Klint about what is functional and what is natural. The requirements made set the design.´´ Madsen also taught at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen from 1946-1954.