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Ib Kofod-Larsen Rosewood Samso Chairs, circa 1960

US$38,038.12per set


Ib Kofod-Larsen Samso lounge chairs, circa 1958. Rarely seen lounge chairs produced by Olof Perssons Fatoljindustri (OPE), Jonkoping, Sweden. These examples are made from highly figured exotic rosewood and come with their original feather cushions covered in new, premium aniline cognac brown leather. Danish master Ib Kofod-Larsen gained popularity in his native Denmark in the 1950s via his work with Christen & Larsen and Slagelse Mobelvaerk amongst others. His work became increasingly sought-after during the later 1950s and 1960s, as he was commissioned by Olof Perssons to produced a collection of furniture specifically for the ailing domestic Swedish market. This highly successful range included the 'Salen' (Seal), 'Kandidaten' (Candidate) & 'Samso' lounge chairs. His 'Samso' chair was heavily influenced by the bio-morphic style of Finn Juhl's NV-45 masterpiece chair and the elegant, refined minimalism of Ole Wanscher's colonial chair.


  • Creator
    OPE Möbler (Manufacturer),Ib Kofod-Larsen (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 22.05 in. (56 cm)Depth: 21.66 in. (55 cm)Seat Height: 17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Restored to the highest standard by our in house team.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1333218327252

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About the Designer

Ib Kofod-Larsen

Furniture maker and architect Ib Kofod-Larsen was one of the greatest design minds to emerge from mid-century Denmark, and his impact was felt across the world, especially in the United States. Kofod-Larsen, who is known for his exemplary seating, tables and storage solutions, understood that the attention to detail, quality materials and functional design ethos of the Scandinavian modernism style he followed would become part of a major international movement.Due to his foresight and innovation, Kofod-Larsen was one of the best-selling Danish designers in the U.S. in the 1950s, when mid-century modernism was at its most popular.Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, Kofod-Larsen later studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and was most interested in designing practical yet graceful furniture, although he also dabbled in things like wallpaper and textiles. He favored natural grains and woods like teak and rosewood combined with leather, steel and fabric upholsteries to create inviting pieces. Working with manufacturers such as Faarup Møbelfabrik, Christensen & Larsen and Bovenkamp, he brought his sculptural aesthetic to the world.Some of his seating designs have earned legendary status: The U-56 chair (1956) was renamed the Elizabeth because England’s Queen Elizabeth II is said to have picked up a pair during a 1958 trip to Denmark. With OPE Möbler, he created the Seal chair (1956) with a wooden frame shaped around leather upholstery. The sculptural Penguin chair (1953), produced by Selig and named for its curved back, became Denmark’s most frequently exported piece of furniture to the U.S. at the time. Its bentwood shell echoes the work of Kofod-Larsen’s modernist contemporaries Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, while its options as a dining, lounging and rocking chair offer versatility for the home.As mid-century modern furniture experiences a fresh wave of popularity in the U.S. — although, one could argue that it never really went away — Kofod-Larsen’s timeless pieces are among the most coveted vintage finds. Several of his designs continue to be produced, such as the Penguin chair, which has been manufactured by Brdr. Petersen since 2012.Find vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen furniture today on 1stDibs.
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