Jörgen Kastholm (b.1931) Danish Architect and Furniture Designer

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Jörgen Kastholm featured image

Jörgen Kastholm (b.1931) was a Danish Architect and Furniture Designer.

Education

Kastholm was apprenticed as a boy to a blacksmith and worked at that trade for five years in the United States before returning to Copenhagen to study design. Between 1954 – 1958 he studied at the Bygingsteknisk Skole, Frederick, under Arne Jacobsen. In 1959 the Grafisk Høskole. After graduation, he practised architecture and furniture design in Beirut.

Biography

He worked for furniture makers Fritz Hansen and Ole Hagen. In 1960, he set up his studio in Holte. Between 1962—70, he was a partner of Preben Fabricius. In 1972, he moved to Düsseldorf. Designs included furniture for Kill International and Ivan Schlechter, cutlery, textiles, lighting, and books. 

From 1975, he taught furniture design, Gesamthochschule, Wuppertal University. He designed the 1962 tractor-seat-like Scimitar Chair 63 produced by Ivan Schlechter, Copenhagen, and 1985 Geo-Line armchair, echoing 1930s models, by Franz Wittman, Austria.

Style

He designed furniture that included two and three-seat sofas. This type of unified seating pattern had the adaptability that was necessary for open plan living and contract purchasers. The clean geometric shapes of his furniture were combined with good quality basic materials. His furniture looks excellent with art from any period.

Exhibitions

Work shown at 1966 ‘Vijftig Jaar Zitten,’ Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; 1968 ‘Les Assises du siége contemporain,’ Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs; Museo de Arte, Portugal; Ringling Museum, USA, 1969; Royal Albert Hall, London. Work (furniture) received 1968 Illum Award; 1969 Ringling Museum Award; Bundes Award, Design Center Essen; Design Center Stuttgart 1972—77; Design Center Munich; 1972, 1974, and 1976 Bundes- preis ‘Die gute Industrieform’; 1973 grand prize, Museo des Arte Moderne, Brazil. 1962 Scimitar Chair 63 shown first time at the ‘New Forms’ exhibition, Charlottenborg Museum, Copenhagen.

Works

Source

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

King, C. E. (1989). An Encyclopedia of Sofas. United Kingdom: Wellfleet Press.

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