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Hot Seat: GJ Chair

WHY WE LOVE IT

Much like all Danish furniture, the GJ chair features strong, clean lines and look 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. 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 the for commercial purposes, but also for exhibitions and private collections. Initially a philosophy and modern language 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.


(images by Lange Production)

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. 

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