Hans Olsen

Hans Olsen (1919–92) is one of Denmark's master furniture designers. His unique approach is celebrated for experimentation with form, texture and different materials.

Hans Olsen was born in Denmark in 1919 and trained as a cabinetmaker before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art. Hans studied under Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy's Furniture School and had a particular passion for ergonomics and the study of human body measurement. In 1953 Olsen set up his own studio where he designed and produced a series of exciting pieces in a distinctive style, exhibiting them at the annual fairs of the Cabinetmakers Guild in Copenhagen.

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