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Ib Kofod-Larsen (Danish, 1921-2003)


Birth Place: Denmark


Who is furniture designer Ib Kofod-Larsen?

Ib Kofod-Larsen was a Danish furniture designer best known for designing “The Seal,” “Elizabeth” and “The Penguin”, chairs made with precious woods and beautiful, rich leather upholstery. He worked often with the Selig Company, who helped to import his furniture pieces and sell thousands of copies in the United States during the 1950s. Ib Kofod-Larsen worked with some of the biggest furniture manufacturers in Europe, including High Wycombe, Christensen & Larsen, Carlo Gahrn, Petersens, and Frederica Furniture.

Ib Kofod-Larsen was instrumental in the proliferation of Scandinavian Modernism for furniture, and he became the best-selling Danish architect in the US during the 1950s. His designs were imported and copied in countries across the world, from the UK to Japan. His influence on furniture design, and the popularity of Scandinavian furniture making, is still felt to this day. He is the winner of the Holmegaard Glass Competition, the Danish Cabinetmakers Guild Award, and several other major awards.

What kind of art does Ib Kofod-Larsen make?

Ib Kofod-Larsen was a furniture designer and architect whose work helped popularize Scandinavian Modernism in furniture design. His work straddles the line between mid-century modern and what would come after, with sleek, minimalist designs often made from luxury woods and featuring beautiful leather upholstery. He frequently worked with teak and rosewood. In addition to furniture, Kofod-Larsen also created television cabinets, silver, glass, fabrics, wallpaper, and even industrial designs.

How did Ib Kofod-Larsen get started?

Ib Kofod-Larsen was born in Denmark in 1921. Originally trained as a cabinet maker, he won the Danish Cabinetmakers Guild Award at the tender age of just 22. That success bolstered the young designer’s confidence, and he completed his training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1948. That year, he opened his own studio in Copenhagen -- the start of a career that would span nearly six decades. Kofod-Larsen’s view, that Scandinavian design was a natural extension of modernism, helped to popularize the then-regional furniture style into an international sensation.

How much is Ib Kofod-Larsen furniture worth?

Ib Kofod furniture can be worth anywhere from $5,000 to six figures or more for a complete set. His most collectible pieces are typically his penguin or seal chairs, which always sell well whenever they come to auction. The most ever paid for Ib Kofod-Larsen furniture at a Heritage Auction is $10,625 for Twelve Penguin Chairs (1952) which sold on April 16th, 2018. Several sets of chairs were sold by Heritage Auctions on that date, all of them selling between $8,125 and $10,625.

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