Danish furniture designer Poul Volther was first classically trained as a cabinetmaker in the Danish tradition of many architects before going to the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen to study furniture. He later on taught at Denmark’s Design School and espoused functionalism with a focus on fine craftsmanship.
Volther is celebrated most for his Corona Chair with its accompanying ottoman (1961; Summit Lounge Chair and Ottoman) and long history. Volther faced the accompanying post-war problems of the period that his peers did- the challenge of cannily and fully utilizing the potential of their limited resources. This led to the ‘floating spine’ and contoured cushions in a line that made up the Corona chair. The chair was also inspired by the corona of the sun — concentric circles of light around it — which was also germane then with the 1960s Space Race. Volther's Corona Chair design found favour with the Americans. Volther worked on various models of the Corona Chair over the years but it wasn’t until 1997 that the chair finally achieved international success with the public. The Corona Chair was also used at the EU Summit at Copenhagen in 2002, a year after Volther’s passing.
The chair shown above is a replica.
Illustrious Norwegian interior designer Fredrik Kayser’s Model 711 (1960; Emerson Sofa in various armchair or seater options) stands out amongst his body of award-winning work and has retained its light, timeless looks over the years, fitting in both traditional and contemporary decors.
Charles and Ray Eames' Molded Plastic Chairs (1948-1950) were the first plastic chairs to be industrially manufactured, including the Desmond Chair, the Rada Armchair and the Maja Rocking Chair with its uncovered, cup-like seats and iconic wood and wire rocker bases.
The Panton Chair (1957-1967; S Chair) by experimental Danish designer Verner Panton is part of the Danish Culture Canon and has withstood the vicissitudes of popularity over time, in part thanks to supermodel Kate Moss who posed nude on it on the cover of British Vogue.