MCM Furniture Designers & Makers
(A work in progress...)
From its debut in 1960, Danish furniture manufacturer Dyrlund made a deliberate decision to use only traditional Danish cabinet-making techniques in its furniture. This company policy is still followed today in the office and home furnishings the company creates, resulting in products recognized the world over for their “practicality, solid construction, detailing to perfection, and classic design.” (Dyrlund)
Antiques of Tomorrow
Dyrlund has followed the same design and construction processes since its launch more than 50 years ago. Company director Bent Møller Jørgensen explains:
“Our designs grow out of the workshop as prototypes – we work directly with the raw material, which gives you a real feel for the possibilities and lets you get straight to the business of making a functional piece of furniture.”
Dyrlund still manufactures pieces in teak, along with cherry, walnut, oak, alder, and beech. As in the past, all of their furniture is created in their Denmark factory. Because they use traditional cabinet-making techniques and hand finishing, they employ only tradespeople of the highest skill level. The hand finishing is critical: it sets Dyrlund’s pieces apart and ensures they “grow more beautiful with time” to become “the antiques of tomorrow.” (Dyrlund)
The company’s current furniture may be the antiques of tomorrow, but their past works are today’s highly sought-after vintage pieces. Dyrlund’s mid-century furniture is prized for its exceptional craftsmanship and timeless, minimalist aesthetic, but also for certain signature elements and ingenious designs that were theirs alone. Whether developed in-house or created by the well-known designers they partnered with, Dyrlund’s mid-century modern pieces are in demand on the collectors’ market.
Like many mid-century furniture manufacturers, Dyrlund worked with some of the more notable designers of the period like Gunni Omman, Johannes Andersen, Erik Buch, Knud Bent.
Dyrlund applied its unique, ingenious design aesthetic to other rooms in the home, including the bedroom, where they became known for dressers and other storage, as well as bed frames. The dining room is another area where Dyrlund offered innovative designs, including the “Flip Flap” or “Lotus” table. In its dining tables, Dyrlund was known for using solid wood pedestal table legs that offered stability while also allowing plenty of leg room. Dining table tops were equally solid and crafted to accentuate the grain of the wood.
Although fully dedicated to traditional techniques, Dyrlund has a long legacy of truly modern and innovative designs. So strong is its reputation that the company, now known as Dyrlund-Smith A/S, counts among its clients many celebrities and heads of state. Its vintage pieces are a testament to the quality of the Dyrlund brand, one now signified with a gold seal logo, indicating that when it comes to furniture production, "only the best will do." (Dyrlund)