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