HOT SEAT – GJ CHAIR

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Much like all Dan­ish fur­ni­ture, the GJ chair fea­tures strong, clean lines and looks ef­fort­lessly mod­ern and stylish.

Why We Love It

Much like all Dan­ish fur­ni­ture, the GJ chair fea­tures strong, clean lines and looks ef­fort­lessly mod­ern and stylish. Lauded for its unique shape, it won first prize in a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Bri­tish news­pa­per Daily Mail in 1963. The sculp­tural form, made of two pieces of moulded ply­wood, was ex­tremely com­plex to man­u­fac­ture then, so only 300 copies were pro­duced. In 2008, Lange Pro­duc­tion was cho­sen to re­launch the pieces.

Who De­signed It

Dan­ish fur­ni­ture designer Grete Jalk was well known for her bold, curved de­signs, many of which were sought af­ter – not just for com­mer­cial pur­poses, but also for ex­hi­bi­tions and pri­vate col­lec­tions. Ini­tially a phi­los­o­phy and mod­ern lan­guages stu­dent, she picked up de­sign in 1940 at the De­sign School for Women, and con­tin­ued her ed­u­ca­tion with the Dan­ish De­sign School in 1946. Many of her cre­ations were in­spired by Charles Eames’ moulded ply­wood pieces.

What It In­spired

Shortly af­ter designing the GJ chair, Grete cre­ated a com­pan­ion side ta­ble, the GJ nest­ing ta­ble, which was built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with cabi­net-maker Poul Jeppe­sen. Both are now avail­able through Lange Pro­duc­tion. THE GJ CHAIR IS MADE BY LANGE PRO­DUC­TION AND AVAIL­ABLE AT DAN­ISH DE­SIGN, SIN­GA­PORE

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The GJ Chair is avail­able in sev­eral types of wood, in­clud­ing teak, Ore­gon pine and black-stained ash­wood.

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