March 03 2011
If you want to bag a reasonably priced vintage chair by Arne Jacobsen, then head for the pop-up Modern Danish Warehouse in London’s South Kensington.
For just two weeks (March 5-20) the art-deco Garage in North Terrace will become a warehouse for 250 vintage chairs, tables, sideboards and sofas, plus a lovely collection of old school furniture including teak chairs and teak/steel desks originally created by Arne Jacobsen for a Danish school in the 1950s (£1,500 for desk plus chair).
“We want to highlight the consistent quality of Danish furniture,” says Nina Hertig, a Danish furniture expert trained by Sotheby’s, who set up her King’s Road shop, Sigmar, with Swedish interior designer Ebba Thott six years ago. “We can only show a few pieces at Sigmar, due to space limitations, but this pop-up warehouse allows us to show hundreds of beautifully crafted pieces dating from the 1930s to the mid-1960s.”
Midcentury modern fans will be in design heaven, unearthing gems such as a Kaare Klint armchair in original Cognac leather (£1,050) and a leather-and-rosewood sofa by Illum Wikkelsø (£1,200). A 1930s love seat (£850) with a traditionally constructed wooden frame and velvet upholstery might add a sensual touch to an intimate master suite, while a red leather armchair from the 1960s would look stunning in a white-painted loft apartment.
Prices range from £100 to £1,500. You could pick up a rosewood coffee table for £400, a teak chest of drawers for £650, a pair of rosewood bedside tables for £600 or a rosewood secretaire and bookcase for £950.
There’s another treat too: Playtype products from Copenhagen-based design agency e-Types will be available for the first time in London. These include leather computer sleeves, wallets, posters, coffee mugs, T-shirts and big decorative letters, all bearing the type foundry’s elegant fonts. Bespoke fonts will be available to buy for downloading at home. “We are huge fans of e-Types and of their new Playtype shop in Copenhagen so we wanted to be the first to bring them to the UK market,” says Hertig. London-based design fans couldn’t be more grateful.