Kofod Larsen was at the peak of his career in the 1960s. With numerous international design awards under his belt and a reputation as one of the most cutting edge designers, his work for Danish maker Faarup is highly coveted. This model was designed in 1961 and was only produced for two years from 1962 until 1964, making it almost impossible to come across.
The form demonstrates the confident expression of Kofod-Larsen's design aesthetic, an unrepentantly minimalist offering of grand proportions and crisp linear detailing. This particular sideboard has a vivid rosewood grain pattern and is absolutely stunning in person. It is a design that is just as elegant today as the day it was conceived.
Each piece is checked and carefully restored at our Kingsland studio workshop. Our focus is preserving the character and patina of the design while ensuring it displays beautifully in a contemporary interior.
- Joints checked and reglued
- Timber cleaned and stains removed
- Veneer repairs if needed
- Surfaces polished / refinished
The items showcased in our gallery are constantly changing – not all items are on display at once.
Please enquire if there is a specific piece you would like to view and we’ll make sure it’s in the gallery.
All pieces are available for collection in person from our Ponsonby gallery. We are also happy to provide a quote for delivery throughout New Zealand.
Rare Ib Kofod Larsen Round Handle Sideboard for Faarup Mobelfabrik
Note: We showcase a curated edit from the Mr. Bigglesworthy catalogue. Please contact us to view specific items.
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 a rich tapestry of contributions to the world of design.