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  • Provenance

    Radiohuset, Frederiksberg

  • Literature

    Lisbet Balslev Jørgensen, Vilhelm Lauritzen: En Moderne Arkitekt, Copenhagen, 1994, pp. 252 and 267

  • Catalogue Essay

    Architect Vilhelm Lauritzen, among the leading practitioners of Danish Modernism, hewed closely to Louis Sullivan’s credo “form ever follows function”. Lauritzen’s attention to detail and use of sophisticated materials resulted in highly refined interiors, such as his Concert Hall for Radiohuset (pictured above). As with the following lots, Lauritzen often designed for specific commissions. As a result, his furniture and lighting are extremely rare. Several of his most important commissions are now national landmarks under the Danish Cultural Heritage Commission including the first Copenhagen Airport terminal in Kastrup (1939), Radiohuset, or the National Broadcasting House, in Frederiksberg (1945), and People’s House (1956), the headquarters of the Danish worker’s union.

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Armchair, for the Radiohuset, Frederiksberg

1942
Produced by Master Cabinetmaker Rud. Rasmussen Snedkerier A/S, Denmark. Shaped and joined Cuban mahogany, original leather, brass fittings.
86.5 cm (34 in) high

Estimate
£25,000 - 30,000 

Important Nordic Design

17 November 2011
London