Arne Vodder for Sibast, armchairs model 431, wood and natural colored leather, Denmark, 1960s.
These chairs are good examples of the great craftsmanship of Arne Vodder. The seating and back show a simple and functional design and each chair has a modest, warm overall aesthetics. The edges of the rosewood frame are rounded but have a strong, upward pointing force. Very interesting detail is the tufted pillow in the lower back that supports the back. The Alcantara has a beautiful color in combination with the wood with light patina.
Arne Vodder (1926-2009) should be counted among the most influential Scandinavian midcentury designers, although he is not as well-known as for instance Hans Wegner or Arne Jacobson. Once a student to famous furniture designer Finn Juhl, who later became his friend and business partner. Vodder started out as an architect who designed low-cost housing, later on he began designing furniture. Although his designs are anything but low-quality, his aim for functional design that could be used by all remained important. He designed amongst others for Fritz Hansen & Sibast.
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