Side Chair

Side Chair

1963
Designer
Grete Jalk, Danish, 1920-2006
Active Dates: 1960s
Manufacturer
P. Jeppesen Møbelfabrik, Danish
Active Dates: 1950-1970
Country
Denmark
Object
chair
Medium
Bent plywood with teak veneer
Accession Number
2017.40
Credit Line
Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum

Grete Jalk, Side Chair, 1963. Bent plywood with teak veneer; 30 x 24 1/2 x 27 1/4 in. Manufactured by P. Jeppesen Møbelfabrik, Store Heddinge, Denmark. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2017.40.

Dimensions
height: 30 in, 76.2000 cm; width: 24 1/2 in, 62.2300 cm; depth: 27 1/4 in, 69.2150 cm
Inscription
Underside, two medallions: MADE IN DENMARK/PJ/DESIGN GRETE JALK and FURNITURE MAKERS/DANISH/CONTROL
Department
Architecture and Design
Collection
Architecture and Design
This object is currently on view

Although plastic was the favored material for progressive furniture in the 1960s, designers like Grete Jalk continued to explore innovative solutions in plywood. The undulant surfaces of her chair, which call to mind origami or folded cloth, proved that new artistic results were possible with plywood. Jalk successfully bent plywood to a degree typically only seen in molded designs.

Known Provenance
Purchased 13 December 2016 from (Dansk Møbelkunst), Copenhagen through (Phillips), New York by the Denver Art Museum. Collection of Lee F. Mindel, FAIA.
Exhibition History
  • “By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects” — Denver Art Museum, 10/24/2021 – 12/31/2022