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Set of 6 “Model 193” Dining Chairs, Inger Klingenberg for France & Søn, DK 1960s



This fantastic set of 6 teak dining chairs in the Danish modern style was designed by Inger Klingenberg for France & Søn. The chairs feature a striking sculptural design and solid teak construction. The standout characteristic of these chairs are the curved backrests that are echoed by the unusual curved seats. The seats of the chairs are designed and mounted in such a way that they appear to be floating on the base. The rare shape of the seat was designed with the human body in mind, therefore the chairs are very ergonomic. The solid wood frame is refined and simple, letting the upholstered seat to stand out visually. The Danish furniture maker France & Søn was one of the most famous furniture companies in Denmark, and collaborated with the leading Scandinavian designers of the time. This progressive, high-end set of the famous “Model 193” chairs is the result of the company’s collaboration with Inger Klingenberg. The master craftsmanship of the manufacturer and the design of Klingenberg is complemented by the premium upholstery. The chairs of this set were recently reupholstered in full aniline leather and are marked with the manufacturer’s label. Playful and elegant, this set is unlike any other. Condition: In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The chairs have recently been reupholstered in premium full aniline leather. Dimensions: 18.42 in W x 18.42 in D x 29.52 in H; seat height 17.32 in 46.8 cm W x 46.8 cm D x 75 cm H; seat height 44 cm Shipping: This set of six dining chairs will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the items in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands. About the designer: Danish designer Inger Klingenberg (1932-1997) was educated at the school of interior design in Copenhagen. She established her own design firm in 1958 in Copenhagen and designed furniture, fabrics and jewelry. Her husband was the American designer Ross Littel, an employee of Charles Eames. Danish furniture maker France & Søn collaborated with some of the leading Scandinavian architects and designers to create many of the midcentury’s most recognizable and now coveted furniture models. This collaboration with Danish designer Inger Klingenberg was evidently, no exception.


  • Creator
    Inger Klingenberg (Designer),France & Søn (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Width: 18.43 in. (46.8 cm)Depth: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Seat Height: 17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. The chairs have recently been reupholstered in premium full aniline leather.
  • Seller Location
    Utrecht, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 201700731stDibs: LU2947322357812

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About the Manufacturer

France & Søn

Danish manufacturer France & Søn is best known for its prolific output of elegant mid-century modern furnishings in teak and leather, yet its multinational beginnings took shape during the 1930s.After businessman Charles William Fearnley France (1897–1972) moved from his native England to Denmark in 1936, he began to operate a small mattress factory alongside his friend Eric Daverkosen, a Danish cabinetmaker, under the name France & Daverkosen. Shortly afterward, Daverkosen passed away, and when Denmark was invaded during the Second World War, Charles was captured and sent to a prison camp in Germany. When he was released, the British entrepreneur set out to produce furniture in the early 1950s, setting up a shop in Hillerød to manufacture the kind of sleek beech and teak goods that were gaining widespread acclaim around the world. In 1957, France’s son James joined the business, and the company changed its name to reflect the addition.Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, France & Søn produced a stunning array — and staggering quantity — of designs, with elegant modernist lounge chairs and armchairs, teak and rosewood dining tables and other furnishings by the likes of Finn Juhl, Grete Valk, Ole Wanscher, Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen all gracing its catalogues.Even as there was a focus on mass production at France & Søn — and the brand doesn’t quite enjoy the same renown as fellow mid-century Danish furniture makers such as Carl Hansen & Søn — Charles France believed in making quality furniture, and the company’s offerings evoke the warmth of the handcrafted work that is typically associated with Scandinavian modernism.In the 1960s, the company was bought by Danish designer Poul Cadovius, who folded it into the operations at CADO, a company he founded during the 1950s. Surviving examples of early work from the brand as well as modern icons by the likes of Verner Panton that followed in later years continue to be in demand.Find a collection of France & Søn furniture on 1stDibs.
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