An exceptional Mid-Century Modern serving bar cart by designer Kurt Ostervig for Jason Mobler in Denmark, circa 1960s. Beautifully crafted from teak, this cleverly designed piece features a sliding upper shelf and removable lower tray. The beautiful black laminate top and brass hardware creates a stunning contrast. Elegant, yet functional, the black laminate bar top slides and flips open for an extended surface on both sides when entertaining, doubling the serving space. This stunning cart rolls over both hard and carpeted floors with four hooded brass castors. An exemplary mid century bar cart with its simple form is enhanced by a rich warm patina that only develops with age. A wonderful example of mid century modern furniture, this drink trolley will add to your family’s entertainment experience with its function and design.
Condition Report: Good with wonderful patina and wood grain patterns. Sturdy, lower removable tray, slides easily, convenient for serving, wheels hardware intact and operates smoothly.
Manufactured: Jason Mobler
Designer: Kurt Ostervig
Place of Origin: Denmark
Of the Period: Mid Century Modern
Date of Manufacture: 1960’s
Materials and Techniques: Teak and black laminate
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 23 1/4 ” H x 19” deep x 29.9” wide fully extended 59″
ABOUT THE CREATOR: Kurt Østervig
Danish furniture designer Kurt Østervig (1912-1986) began his career as a naval architect in Odense, Denmark’s third city. Changing career paths in favour of design, Østervig worked for manufacturer E. Knudsen before opening his own studio in 1947. He continued to work as a freelance designer for the rest of his career, collaborating with an array of Danish furniture brands in the mid-century era, including Bernh. Pedersen & Son, Bramin, Jason, Rolschau, Sibast, and Vamo, to name but a few.
Among Østervig’s most important designs are the Model 12 Easy Chair for Schillers Polstermøblerfabrik (1961; re-launched in 2014) and the Butterfly Dining Chair(1950s) for Brande. Østervig’s material of choice was oak, although his designs were also produced in rosewood and teak. Some sources reference Østervig’s participation in the Triennale di Milano in the 1950s and a Museum of Modern Art exhibition in the 1960s—although it is unclear which designs were shown at these venues.
Østervig was a well respected artist, known for his detailed, naturalistic drawings. His interiors projects included private homes, ships, nursing homes, hotels, and cinemas.
Today, Østervig’s designs continue to be produced by five manufacturers, but his mid-century productions remain in high demand, fetching high prices at auctions and vintage galleries around the world.