Ole Wanscher (1903 – 1985) Danish architect and furniture designer

Ole Wanscher was a Danish architect, furniture designer, and writer. In 1944, studied Bygningsteknisk Skole; subsequently, architecture, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen.

He set up his own office in 1928. He designed furniture showing high standards of woodworking and cabinetmaking and worked for several furniture firms in Copenhagen.

Pair of Ole Wanscher chairs in Mahagony

He was one of the founders of the Cabinetmakers’ Guild in Copenhagen. Between 1953-73, he taught architecture at Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi. A.J. Iversen and P. Jeppesen Møbelfabrik produced his furniture designs. His books included Furniture Types (1932), Outline History of Furniture (1941), English Furniture c1680-1800 (1944), and History of the Art of Furniture (1946-56).

Teak Senator Chair by Ole Wanscher for Cado, 1960s

He received a gold medal at 1960 (XI) Triennale di Milano and 1966 Georg Jensen Solvsmedie design’ competition (silver flatware). Work included in 1937 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne’; 1942 ‘Dansk Kunsthandvrerk,’ Nationalmuseet, Stockholm; 1964-67 ·SA ‘Design in Scandinavia’ travelling exhibition; 1956-59 Germany travelling Neue Form aus Dänemark’ travelling exhibition; 1958 ‘Formes Scandinaves’ exhibition, Paris Musee des Arts Decoratifs; travelling USA ‘The Arts of Denmark’ travelling exhibition; and 1964-65 ‘Formes Danoises, France.

A selection of his work

Elegant rosewood sideboard by Ole Wanscher

Daybed by Ole Wanscher

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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