Designed furniture for the United Nations in New York
Preben Fabricius (1931-1984), a Danish furniture designer who collaborated with Jørgen Kastholm, was born in Denmark. During the 1960s, the duo designed a wide range of items for German furniture manufacturer Alfred Kill, who had a factory in Fellbach near Stuttgart.
From 1957 to 1959, he attended Copenhagen’s Skolen for Boligindretning.
In 1952, he worked as a cabinetmaker for Finn Juhl, designing chairs for the United Nations headquarters in New York. He was a collaborator with Jørgen Kasthol from 1962 to 1970. He taught furniture design at Skolen for Boligindretning since 1967. In 1968, he opened his own office, Holte, in the same building as Kastholm’s.
Ivan Schlechter, Copenhagen, made his 1962 Scimitar Chair 63 (designed with Kastholm), which looks like a tractor seat. Kill, and Arnold Exclusiv were responsible for other furniture designs.
In 1969, he was awarded the Illum Prize, the Bundespreis for “Good Industrial Form,” and the Erster Prize. Scimitar Chair 63 was first exhibited in 1963 at the Charlottenborg Museum in Copenhagen as part of the ‘New Forms’ exhibition and was later included in the 1966 ‘Vijftig Jaar Zitten’ exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the 1968 ‘Les Assises du siege contemporain’ exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
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