Ib Kofod-Larsen

1921 - 2003
Ib Kofod-Larsen
Danish design great Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921-2003) made his name designing for some of the world's best furniture companies. His pieces combine minimal detail with graphic, organic contours.
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Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921-2003) is considered one of the most talented Danish architect and furniture designers of the mid-20th century. He initially trained as a cabinetmaker, graduating with top honors in 1944 before honing his craft at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1948 Kofod-Larsen opened his own studio, marking the beginning of an exceptional career.

Early acclaim came with victories in the Holmegaard Glass Competition and the Danish Cabinetmakers Guild's annual award. While his primary focus was furniture, Kofod-Larsen’s creative reach extended to radio and television cabinets, silverware, glass, fabrics, textiles, curtains, wallpaper, and industrial design.

A career highlight came in 1956 when Kofod-Larsen designed the Elizabeth Chair. The chair was originally named Module U56, but when Queen Elizabeth II acquired two of the chairs during an official visit to Denmark in 1958, it was renamed the ‘Elizabeth’ chair. The chair remains a masterwork of Danish design, showcasing versatility, practicality, and a graceful, minimalist aesthetic.

The 1950s were an incredible decade for Kofod-Larsen, his furniture was highly successful in international markets and on the back of the hugely popular ‘Penguin’ range, he became the best-selling Danish architect in the United States. By the 1960s, Kofod-Larsen had designed for some of the most premium manufacturers in Germany, Sweden, Japan, and the UK.

Kofod-Larsen's legacy endures through the timeless allure of his designs. His ability to honor the inherent qualities of carefully chosen materials solidifies his place as a pioneer of Danish modern design. Ib Kofod-Larsen passed away in 2003, leaving behind an inspired contribution to the world of design.

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/ Ib Kofod Larsen 'Model 66' Sideboard by Faarup

Ib Kofod-Larsen

"I seek harmony between construction and appearance."