MCM Furniture Designers & Makers
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Arne Vodder, Denmark
Vodder trained as a cabinetmaker and architect, he studied under Finn Juhl at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, graduating in 1947. In 1950, Vodder launched his own architecture and design studio with architect Anton Borg. Vodder is best known for his furniture designs, which tended to be simple pieces composed of natural materials such as rosewood and teak, often inspired by the natural forms, and occasionally accented with colourful panels. Vodder worked with several respected brands throughout his career, designing cabinetry, tables, seating, and more for furniture makers Fritz Hanson, France & Søn, and Sibast.
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Arne Vodder is one of the great Danish designers of the mid 20th century.
Arne Vodder (1926 - 2009) may not be as well known as some of his Danish counterparts, but his influence was nonetheless very significant.
He had an impressive start in the design world being trained by Finn Juhl and going on to work with him. He later opened a studio in 1951 with Anton Berg and the pair designed low-cost houses which proved to be extremely popular.
Furniture became his main focus however and he designed for various companies such as Fritz Hansen, Cado and France & Son. He found his greatest success designing office furniture for Sibast with the range doing very well in both Europe and the US. His desks were used by a broad range of well known figures such as US President Jimmy Carter, Libyan leader Muannar Gadafi and an infamous Chicago gangster!
Vodder's designs are known for their understatement, elegance, rich timbers and organic edges. He was also capable of playfulness too as is illustrated in his use of coloured panels on sideboards and cabinets. His pieces are truly timeless and are, unsurprisingly, still in hot demand.