Beautiful set of 6 Modern Rosewood dining chairs by famous Scandinavian designer Erik Buch for Oddense Maskinsnedkeri/ O.D. Mobler, circa 1950s. Buch’s organic and functional aesthetic are showcased in these superbly crafted modern rosewood dining chairs. This rare set of classic Scandinavian chairs include two model #50 armchairs and four model #49 side chairs. Featuring curved padded “floating” seats and backrests covered in original salmon colored Greek key motif design upholstery, and solid sculpted Rosewood frames, with a warm rose patina, creating a lovely contrast. Each chair retains original maker’s label (Made in Denmark Oddense Maskinsnedkeri A/S Domus Danica) to the underside. They remain in good vintage condition and are comfortable. The rich solid Rosewood frames are very sturdy and have exceptional stunning wood grain throughout. The sculpted and formed details is what makes them so desired. Erik Buch chairs with their simple sculpted details and comfortable seat are some of the most valuable and collectable Danish Chairs on the market, very modern and elegant.
Condition Report: Construction is sturdy and stable; beautiful, clean, perfect, upholstery in good condition, no tears or stains, frame is solid with rich Rosewood color, in great condition.
Creator: Erik Buch (Designer)
Manufacturer: Oddense Maskinsnedkeri / O.D. Mobler
Style: Scandinavian Modern
Place of Origin: Denmark
Date of Manufacture: circa 1950s
Materials and Techniques: Rosewood, Upholstery
Condition: Original, good
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use.
Measurements: Armchairs: 22.5″ wide, 22″ deep, 31″ high, 17″ seat height, arm height 23 7/8″;
Side chairs: 18.5″ wide, 18″ deep, 31″ high, 17″ seat height
Danish industrial designer Erik Buch (pronounced Buck) was born in 1923 in Copenhagen. Buch used simple organic, smooth lines to craft distinctive mid-century modern designs. Like many of his Danish contemporaries, Buch combined fabric, and leather with nicely grained woods, such as polished Teak, oak, and Rosewood.
Buch first found success with his now-iconic Model 49 chair (1949). The chair features a curved “floating” seat and a classic Scandinavian modern aesthetic. Many of Buch’s designs are named after the year in which they were conceived, especially those produced by the cabinetmaker and furniture manufacture Oddense Maskinsnedkeri. (Oddense was renamed O.D. Møbler in the late 1960s or early ‘70s, which is reflected on the labels of later Model 61 productions.)
It is believed that Buch passed away in 1973, though some sources state 1982. Little is known of his personal life, but his professional legacy remains as his designs continue to be appreciated on the vintage market for their high-quality materials, solid craftsmanship, and Scandinavian aesthetic.