With Scandinavian design continuously reaching groundbreaking sales results at premier auction houses like Wright, Phillips de Pury and
The recent inclusion of two beautiful easy chairs by Hans Olsen at Wright’s annual auction for vintage Scandinavian design made me want to focus on the work of this unusual Danish architect. Similar posts about his colleagues mentioned above will follow in the future.
To my knowledge I’ve made the most comprehensive bio of Hans Olsen available online. If anywhere. I must admit that when I started writing this post I surely hadn’t imagined that it would turn out to be such a extensive project. It especially took a lot of time finding images of a prober quality.
Information about the persona and career of Hans Olsen is very scarce and this is all what I’ve managed to gather through the net and my books.
While classically trained as an architect under Danish design legend Kaare Klint’s watchful eye, Olsen was much more experimental than the traditional “Klint school” in his take on creating furniture. Especially his fondness of using bent laminated wood (aka plywood) resulted in some of Olsen’s best designs, desirable even today, and helped him gain a reputation as a serious player on the Scandinavian design scene.
This first example is a simple but clever design as the seat and backrest of this dining chair is formed from a single piece of bent plywood. Created in 1955 and produced by Olsen’s long term collaborator, N.A. Jørgensen.
Installation at the yearly Cabinetmakers'
Guild - Ove Lander - 1951.
have neither heard or read a word of it from any other source so maybe the project has since been abandoned.