Rare Axel Einar Hjorth ‘Lido’ Lounge Chair in Original Patinated Leather
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Rare lounge chair by Swedish designer Axel Einar Hjorth designed and manufactured in 1932 for Nordiska Kompaniet. What is striking about this design is the modern approach it expresses. Clearly leaving his more classical approach of previous designs behind, Hjorth here designed a chair that could not be more modern. In the time Hjorth was chief designer at Nordiska Kompaniet he created a strong and cubic design free of any decorative details. Therefore, the original patinated leather in cognac color embraces the purity of the shape. Back- and armrests are on the same height and surround the sitter in a cozy way. A thick seat cushion which overlaps provides comfort. But this lounge chair is way more about proportions and detail in lines. Per example notice the slightly trapezoid shape the chair has from all sides.
On the bottom of the wooden frame a metal plate of Nordiska Kompaniet is fixated with the engraved number R 36277 – C.
Please note that the leather shows patina as well as signs of wear and use. In the front of the seat cushions stains are visible. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts for more information.
Axel Einar Hjorth was born in the south of Sweden in 1888. When he was 20 years old, he moved to Stockholm to study architecture. Without ever graduating his studies, Hjorth began to design furniture and to work at various companies. Through his participation in various important design exhibitions, he became more known. In 1927 Hjorth became the chief designer of Nordiska Kompaniet which was a high-class department store in Stockholm. In 1938 Hjorth opened his own store. Although Hjorth is nowadays considered to be one of the most important Swedish designers of his time.