A stunning, rare pair of mid-century modern Grete Jalk Lounge chairs, Mod. PJ (Poul Jeppesen) (Model 56) 1960’s rosewood, lounge arm chairs designed by Grete Jalk for Poul Jeppesen made in Denmark. An exceptional pair, both for their form and quality. The pair embodies the whimsical fervor of the period, from the 1960’s. Featuring a rosewood frame, with dramatic fabulous grain. The armrests, formed with perfection as they flow seamlessly to meet the tapered, round legs. The back cushion rests against a four slat backrest, the seat cushion rests on the outstanding original super spring base beneath the chairs. The underside of chairs retain the original manufacturer’s label (Made in Denmark PJ Design Grete Jalk). The original back and seat cushions make these chairs just as comfortable as they are beautiful, with amazing form. The side profile is an absolute visual charm. This is an early Grete Jalk for Poul Jeppesen production. Fantastic design, very well-crafted, this unique pair will present a powerful design statement with an authentic 1960’s MCM Scandinavian look, and blend with many décor styles!
Condition Report: Clean unrestored original condition. Frames sturdy and stable, amazing authentic condition throughout with only minor wear/scuffs. The original loop superspring is tight and supportive. Original black Naugahyde upholstery is in good condition, with minimal fading and minor wear. Comfortable and very sturdy.
Creator: Grete Jalk (Designer)
Manufacturer: Poul Jeppesen
Of the Period: Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin: Denmark
Date of Manufacture: 1960s
Materials and Techniques: Rosewood
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 29.14″ tall x 30.71″ deep x 28.3″ wide x arm height 21″ (seat 16.7)
Jalk was born in Copenhagen in 1920. She trained in cabinetmaking at Copenhagen’s Design School for Women between 1940 and 1942. Recognized as an important Danish modernist designer, working at a time when women were a rarity in the design world. She completed her studies at the Danish Design School in 1946, while receiving additional instruction from Kaare Klint at the Royal Academy’s Furniture School. In 1946, she won first prize at the annual Cabinetmaker’s Guild Competition; five years later, she received wide acclaim for her designs exhibited at the 1951 Milan Triennale. She took part in the annual competitions of the Design Museum and the Design School’s furniture department where she also taught from 1950 to 1960. Around 1953, Jalk opened her own studio and began to develop furniture designs for some of the best known Danish manufacturers, like Poul Jeppesen, Fritz Hansen, Glostrup, and France & Søn. Inspired by the Eameses’ and Aaltos’ organic, molded furniture, Jalk continuously experimented with new materials and production techniques. Beyond her design work, Jalk edited the design magazine Mobilia (1956-62 and 1968-74), as well as the encyclopaedic, four-volume book, Forty Years of Danish Furniture Design (1987). In 1974, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned Grete Jalk to curate a traveling exhibition on Danish design. Her foldable exhibition space was a huge success in 25 regions. She contributed immeasurably to the international reputation of Danish design, and her work can be found in private and public collections around the world.
Jalk passed away in 2006.