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Nanna Ditzel

Danish, 1923-2005

Nanna Ditzel was the most versatile and creative female designer that Denmark produced in the 20th century. Ditzel brought her talents to bear on a staggering array of forms — she designed furniture, jewelry, tableware and textiles; and she shaped her pieces using an equally astonishing variety of materials, from wood and wicker to silver, ceramics and fiberglass.

Born in Copenhagen, she trained as a cabinetmaker at the Royal Academy's furniture school — overseen by the great craftsman of the day, Kaare Klint — and graduated in 1943. Ditzel’s early work adhered to the classic Danish modernist tenets of simplicity, comfort and quality, and her armchairs, with their softly curved backrests are much in the spirit of Hans Wegner. Ditzel’s signature piece of that time is her Ring chair. Designed along with her husband, Jørgen Ditzel, a fabric maker, the chair has a semicircular padded armrest that seems to embrace the sitter. Ditzel began designing in wicker and in 1959 produced the Hanging chair. The piece, suspended from the ceiling by a chain, became a favorite for fashion shoots and may be as iconic of the 1960s as Eero Aarnio’s plastic Ball chair of 1963.

In 1956, Ditzel began designing for the Danish silverware firm Georg Jensen. In an association that lasted some 40 years, Ditzel would create organically shaped jewelry, barware, ceramic tableware and even tablecloths. Like her fellow Dane Verner Panton, Ditzel was not afraid to embrace industrial materials, and she began designing fiberglass chairs in the mid-1960s. Some of her most flamboyant work came toward the end of her career, in pieces such as 1989’s Bench for Two, with its shocking Op-art finish, or the Trinidad chair of 1992, with it’s sunburst-like, cut-though backs. Such feats of creativity were a fitting coda to one of the most imaginative, prolific and remarkable women of modern design.

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Nanna Ditzel High Chair with Nameplate by Carl Hansen, Denmark
By Carl Hansen & Søn, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Utrecht, NL
Nanna Ditzel’s ND54 high chair, originally designed in 1954, is a beautiful and enduring piece of design, adaptable to the needs of growing children. Minimalist and sturdy, the FSC™-...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Beech

Cushion for Rana Lounge Chair by Nanna Ditzel, New Edition
By Sika Design, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Cushion for Rana lounge chair by Nanna Ditzel, New Edition. The cover is removable. Cushions available for 690e in black, beige, taupe or mocca. On demand. Delivery tile is 5/6 weeks.
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1950s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Rattan

Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
By Søren Willadsen, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Nanna Ditzel for Søren Willadsen, dining chairs, red fabric, oak, Denmark, 1950s. The dining chairs were originally designed for Magasin Du Nord's exhibition in Forum, March 1952....
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Wool, Oak

  • Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
  • Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
  • Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
  • Nanna Ditzel Dining Chairs in Oak and Red Fabric
H 27.76 in. W 42.52 in. D 42.52 in.
Rare Blue Chair by Nanna Ditzel for Domus Danica, Denmark, 1969
By Domus Danica, O.D. Møbler A-S, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Haderslev, DK
Playful, Space Age and super rare collectors piece by Nanna Ditzel for OD Møbler / Domus Danica 1969. Light high glossy blue fibre glass designed chair for use indoor or outdoor. ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Fiberglass

Nanna Ditzel Armchair, Model 114
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in San Francisco, CA
Rare and sculptural design armchair designed by Nanna Ditzel model #114 for Kolds Savvaerk, Denmark. The teak frames is in very good original condition, the black leatherette should...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Teak

  • Nanna Ditzel Armchair, Model 114
  • Nanna Ditzel Armchair, Model 114
  • Nanna Ditzel Armchair, Model 114
  • Nanna Ditzel Armchair, Model 114
H 28 in. W 24.5 in. D 20.5 in.
Nanna Ditzel Nursing Chair Footstool, Denmark, 1956
By Nanna Ditzel
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare footstool designed by Nanna Ditzel and manufactured by Kolds Savværk, Denmark 1956. This footstool belongs with the Nursing chair designed by Nanna Ditzel and this footstool wou...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Upholstery, Oak

  • Nanna Ditzel Nursing Chair Footstool, Denmark, 1956
  • Nanna Ditzel Nursing Chair Footstool, Denmark, 1956
  • Nanna Ditzel Nursing Chair Footstool, Denmark, 1956
  • Nanna Ditzel Nursing Chair Footstool, Denmark, 1956
H 14.18 in. W 18.12 in. D 15.75 in.
Nanna Ditzel Pair of Two Lounge Chairs Model 'ND83' in Original Green Leather
By Soren Willadsen Mobelfabrik, Nanna Ditzel
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Nanna Ditzel for Soren Willadsen, easy chairs model 'ND83', beech, original leather, Denmark, 1952. Set of two round lounge chairs with a beech frame and green leather upholstery....
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Beech, Leather

Danske Stole Danish Chairs, 1954
By Jørgen Ditzel, Nanna Ditzel
Located in London, GB
First edition, published by Høst & Søns Forlag København, 1954 An important document of Danish chair design during the early 1950s, showing many of the aesthetic and technological...
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1950s Danish Vintage Nanna Ditzel

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Paper

  • Danske Stole Danish Chairs, 1954
  • Danske Stole Danish Chairs, 1954
  • Danske Stole Danish Chairs, 1954
  • Danske Stole Danish Chairs, 1954
H 9.26 in. W 8.67 in. D 0.28 in.
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Nanna Ditzel Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

1stDibs Nanna Ditzel Furniture are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Nanna Ditzel Furniture collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 105 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 14 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original Nanna Ditzel furniture was created in Europe during the 20th century in Scandinavian Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Grete Jalk, France & Daverkosen and Kurt stervig. Nanna Ditzel Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $501 and tops out at $64,390, while pieces like these can sell for $3,992.