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Ib Kofod-Larsen

Ib Kofod-Larsen was a successful Danish artist and furniture designer known for his distinctive styles that combined function, comfort and an elegant aesthetic appeal. His work was highly popular in the 1950s and 1960s, garnering worldwide attention, and he collaborated with several major furniture manufacturers, among them Christensen & Larsen and Fredericia Furniture, to create mid-century modern pieces for the home. Working with British furniture manufacturer High Wycombe, he designed the very popular G Plan Danish Modern line, which is still sought after today. Kofod-Larsen's training was as a cabinetmaker, with highest honors from the Danish Cabinetmakers' Guild; he later studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. His experimental approach to furniture design centered on streamlined looks and comfortable materials, resulting in functional and elegant pieces. He worked frequently in rosewood, combining it with other materials for various types and styles of seating, always with an end goal to create an appealing design. He was influenced by the iconic styles of Scandinavian Modernism, leading to furniture that had a sculptural effect. Kofod-Larsen's designs for the home consist mainly of mid-century modern wooden and upholstered furniture, including lounge chairs, armchairs, settees, chaises, rocking chairs, dining tables, dining chairs, sideboards, chests of drawers, desks, coffee tables, stools, wardrobes and more. He is best known for his seating, especially the Elizabeth Chair, an easy chair with curved armrests and a low back height, so-named after a pair was purchased by Queen Elizabeth II; the Penguin rocking chair with its striking angular armrests; and the Seal, which echoes the shape of the marine mammal in its form.