grete jalk gj nesting tables

grete jalk gj nesting tables

Design Grete Jalk, 1963
Laminated plywood
Made in Denmark by Lange Production

Designed by Grete Jalk (1920-2006) in 1963, this Laminated Chair is regarded today as the Danish designer's best-known work. The chair, for which Jalk also created a companion side table, was realized in collaboration with the cabinetmaker Poul Jeppesen. Although it won first prize in a competition organized by the British newspaper Daily Mail during the year of its inception, the chair & table never went into industrial production.

The expressive sculptural form of the nesting tables, composed of three molded plywood tables, marks a late highlight in the engagement of prominent designers with this material, which had commenced in the 1930s.

Due to the complexity of the designs, only a few remain in existence today. Lange Production was chosen and authorized to launch the furniture in its original wood species, Teak and Oregon Pine with the addition of black stained ash wood.

Grete Jalk's honesty and genuine interest in every aspect of quality has made her the conscience of Danish design. Therefore, Lange Production feels very proud and honored they are able to present Grete Jalk's best known pieces of furniture from 1963 - her molded plywood chair - the GJ Chair - and the GJ Nesting Table. They differ from any previous experiments with molded plywood by virtue of their sheer technical daring and, despite being composed of two conjoined pieces, the effect is organic and elegant.

small: 15.3" w | 13" L | 14.9" h
medium: 18.1" w | 13.8" L | 15.5" h
large: 21.2" w | 14.5" L | 16.1" h

set of 3 nesting tables: $1,400.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 12-16 weeks for delivery)

Grete Jalk

Grete Jalk studied at the Design School for Women (1940–43) under cabinetmaker Karen Margrethe Conradsen. She finished at the Danish Design School in 1946, under additional tutelage from Kaare Klint at the Royal Academy's Furniture School. She took part in the annual competitions of the Design Museum and the Design School's furniture department, and from 1950-1960 would teach there as well. In 1953, Jalk opened her own design studio. There she started developing her own boldly curved bent-plywood models, inspired by Aalto and Eames' designs.
Henrik Lange of Lange Production has had a keen interest in modern furniture since boyhood. As a 31 year old businessman at a crossroads in his life, he decided to get the reproduction rights for the rare Fabricius & Kastholm Grasshopper chair from the 1960s, a long-time obsession of his. On Kastholm’s end of the deal, he wanted Lange to reintroduce the entire line and meet their original standards of quality. To do this, Lange worked from the original warehouse with the original tools. Lange Production’s re-launch was met with glowing reviews. On getting his company off the ground, Lange says, “I didn’t see it as ‘taking a risk.’ Not doing what makes you happy everyday is a risk. People should spend more time on their passions. All great companies are built on passion.”
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