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Grete Jalk

Grete Jalk (1920-2006) designed furniture with clear cut, comfortable lines. Her pieces were also suited for mass production and economic in their use of materials. They soon became competitive, increasing Denmark’s international reputation for furniture design. She also edited the Danish Magazine Mobilia as well as compiling a four-volume work on Danish furniture.

Grete studied at the Design School for Women (1940-1943) under cabinetmaker Karen Margrethe Condradsen. She completed her studies at the Danish Design School in 1946, with additional instruction from Kaare Klint at the Royal Academy’s Furniture school.

In 1953 she opened up her own design studio. She was heavily inspired by Alvar Aalto’s laminated bent-plywood furniture, as well as Charles and Ray Eameses moulded plywood designs and began to develop her own models with bold curves and organic shapes. Her unconventional designs slowly grew interest as they were sought after for exhibitions and collections. In 1963 Jalk won first prize for the He Chair and the She Chair as part of a competition launched by the Daily Mail. The chairs weren’t put into production until 2008 when Lange Production started producing the She Chair.

Grete has designed all kinds of furniture for the modern home as well as upholstery, wallpaper and silverware.

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