Exceptional Mid Century teak two-piece, rare, floating hutch, reversible sliding door, credenza model OS-29 designed by Arne Vodder for Sibast Mobler made in Denmark, circa 1960’s. World famous for winning the Gold Medal at the 1958 Milan Triennale design awards. Beautifully embellished with bands of teak running perpendicular to the main surface. This smartly crafted credenza with uniquely reversible sliding doors is a perfect collaboration of design and function. Featuring removable and reversible cabinet doors. with black lacquer on one side and beautifully grained teak wood on the reverse side. Hutch top lifts off the lower cabinet. Upper portion features a finished teak interior, convenient sliding glass doors with recessed pulls and three interior adjustable shelves. Lower portion of the unit features two sliding reversible cabinet doors with recessed handles open to reveal a finished teak interior with three long adjustable shelves. Six dovetailed solid teak drawers are located to the far right, providing additional storage space, with Vodder’s signature elliptical carved pull fronts, the curvature of which are lavishly duplicated by the upper cabinet’s support columns. Precisely crafted in exceptional warm teak patina wood grain, with a fully finished back and interior. The finished back side makes this credenza ideal for placement in an open floor plan, making it a great focal point. Vodder’s signature manufacturer disc and label (Sibast Furniture made in Denmark) on the interior. The cabinet sits on recessed legs, the base is supported by a solid teak perpendicular stretcher. This piece has been very well taken care of over the years. Traditionally used in the dining room, this versatile piece with ample storage would be a stylish addition to any room in your home or office and could also serve as a base for your t.v. and electronics.
Condition Report: Overall good original vintage condition, only minor color variation and wear. Very sturdy, the interior is clean; cabinet doors slide smoothly and take a bit of effort or skill to remove in order to reverse to the opposite side. Drawers open and pull out smoothly. Overall, a very fine presentation.
Creator: Arne Vodder
Manufacturer: Sibast Furniture
Place of Origin: Denmark
Of the Period: Mid-Century Modern
Design Period: 1960-1969
Materials and Techniques: Teak, lacquer, glass
Condition: Great vintage condition
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurement lower side board: 32″ tall x 72″ wide x 19 1/2″ D
Measurement upper Floating Hutch: 25 1/4″ Tall x 60″ W x 12 1/2″ D
Overall: 72″ wide x 57 1/4″ tall x 19 1/2″ deep
About the Creator
Arne Vodder was born in Denmark in 1926. Trained as a cabinetmaker and architect, he studied under Finn Juhl at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, graduating in 1947. After school, he worked as a designer at Hindsgaul in Copenhagen, focusing primarily on office décor. In 1950, Vodder launched his own architecture and design studio with architect Anton Borg. Over the years, the studio moved to a few locations within Copenhagen before ultimately settling in the suburb of Holte, north of the city. Together, the two designed furniture as well as several low-cost houses. Vodder and Borg collaborated until the 1970s.
Vodder is best known for his furniture designs, which tended to be simple pieces composed of natural materials such as rosewood and teak, often inspired by the natural forms, and occasionally accented with colorful panels. Vodder worked with several respected brands throughout his career, designing cabinetry, tables, seating, and more for furniture makers Fritz Hanson, France & Søn, Nielaus, Sibast, Kircodan (for which he designed garden furniture), as well as the department store Havemanns Magasin A/S (for which he designed the interiors), among others.
While Vodder is less well known today than some of his contemporaries, his work was well received throughout his lifetime. In fact, between the 1950s and ’70s, Vodder’s furniture designs were used by President Jimmy Carter in the White House and President Anwar Sadat in Cairo, and were also included in the United Nations Office in Geneva, as well as in a number of hotels, banks, and embassies worldwide. His work was exhibited widely both individually and in group exhibitions with the likes of Verner Panton and Nanna Ditzel.
Vodder passed away in 2009.