Ib Kofod-Larsen Pair of Penguin Easy Chairs
Ib Kofod-Larsen, set of 2 'Penguin' lounge chairs, wood, steel, metal and red fabric upholstery, Denmark, design 1953, production 1960s.
The 'Penguin' slipper chair was first taken into production by Selig in 1953. The chairs are always built up of a plywood molded back, a thin metal frame and a generous seat. This particular set is executed with a stained black back and a black steel frame with red cushions. The chairs have become a true icon over time. The name Penguin is derived from the playful, funky shape of the back of this chair. It is as if a little penguin is about to embrace you when you sit down, and in fact this is how it feels to sit on the chair, comfortable and embracing.
If you wish to reupholster this set please do not hesitate to ask as we have our own in-house upholstery studio that can provide you with unlimited options such as leather or COM.
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 rosewood, 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.