We adore these chairs immensely!! This is a set of four of the famed Ib Kofod-Larsen Penguin chair which was introduced in 1953 first by Petersens in Denmark and then by the American furniture company Selig where it became one of their best sellers. And, with that success, was knocked off by imposters. These are original. They are comprised of a black iron rod frame with a gorgeous walnut veneered molded plywood back with the namesake little penguin-like shaped wings that give you the feeling they are reaching out to hold you, and in fact it does. The wonderful form fitting back is extremely comfortable and surrounds you perfectly. This set’s seats are upholstered in a turquoise and black tweed fabric which, although new, looks like a vintage pattern that would have been used on them in the 1950s. They do have their Made in Denmark stamp on the bottom edge of the wood backs.
Kofod-Larsen is a native of Denmark and studied at the Danish Royal Academy in Copenhagen. He won, in 1948, the Holmegaard glass competition and an annual award from the Danish Cabinetmakers Guild which garnered him attention from Faarup Mobelfabrik where he went on to create some of his most beautiful works. He also designed for several other companies including High Wycombe, Christensen & Larsen, Carlo Ghrn, Bovenkamp, Fredericia Furniture, and, of course, Petersens.
This awesome set needs to be in your collection and your home!