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Designer: Grete Jalk

Grete Jalk is without doubt one of the greatest Danish designers of the 20th century. Driven by the desire to meet the needs of the masses, she has designed simple and economical furniture ranges.

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Grete Jalk in her apartment in Denmark (1960s). Keld Helmer-Petersen via kunstbib.dk

Her talent led her to produce a variety of furniture such as wall storage systems, coffee tables, but also chairs like the iconic GJ Chair (1963). The shapes and curves of these heterogeneous pieces are sober, clear and timeless!

G J chair ◘ tomislav medak via wikipedia

G J chair © Tomislav Medak

Biography

Grete Jalk was born in 1920 in Copenhagen. She studied from 1940 to 1943 at the School of Design for Women. She continued and completed her studies at the School of Design in 1946 after attending the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1953 she founded her own design studio. Success and recognition soon came knocking at her door; in 1963 she won first prize in a competition organised by The Daily Mirror with two laminated armchairs! Alongside her design career, Jalk edited the interior design magazine Mobilia with Gunnar Bratvold from 1956 to 1974. His articles can be found compiled in a four-volume work; a real encyclopaedia! It is known to be a particularly comprehensive source of information. Grete Jalk has left an indelible mark on the history of design with her impressive knowledge and outstanding creations.

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