Ib Kofod-Larsen for OPE Mobler, restored pair of 'Sälen' (Seal) lounge chairs model 503-799, teak and leather, Sweden, 1956.
Iconic 'Sälen' (seal) lounge chairs by Danish designer Ib Kofod-Larsen. The well-crafted frame of these chairs is made out of a light colored teak. It shows very nice details, wood joints and gives the chairs an elegant look. The armrests provide great extra comfort and also show beautiful details, the thicker part half way up the armrest is an example of the well-finished frame of this set. The legs are slightly tapered in both ways, creating a sculpted, airy look. The way the leather shell seems to be floating inside the wooden frame, gives the design a certain grandeur combined with lightness. These luxurious chairs are interesting form every point of view. The details and craftsmanship to be seen in the wood work is outstanding. Ib Kofod-Larsen designed the Seal chair as pair of an assignment from the Swedish furniture maker OPE Mobler. The task was for Kofod-Larsen to design a series of 'Danish' furniture with the aim of reviving Swedish postwar furniture design.
Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921-2003) was a Danish furniture designer who studied at the Danish Royal Academy in Copenhagen. After his degree, he quickly became recognized. As he won several prices of which one from the Danish Cabinetmakers Guild. It was this price that led to the collaboration between manufacturer Faarup Møbelfabrik, and Kofod-Larsen. Later, he also collaborated with other manufacturers such as High Wycombe and Christensen & Larsen. His designs are recognized by the use of rich, durable materials such as teak and the highest quality leather. He is known for enhancing these noble materials by means of his aesthetics, leaving the form, grain or other characteristics to speak for themselves. His most praised designs are all elegant, sculpted pieces such as the U-56 Elizabeth chair.