I truly believe this to be a once in a life-time piece to find. We acquired it many years ago at an estate auction and it has been in our private stash waiting for us to have the right spot for it. Well we didn’t, we don’t, and it’s time for us to offer it to you. While at that auction many years ago I had the opportunity to visit with the wife. Come to find out she and her late husband had owned a Danish Modern furniture shop in Boston during the 1960s. This was a bed she had imported and purchased for herself but……..had never put it together nor used it. There seems to be a theme here. So, you have the chance to be the first to not just own but actually use this gorgeous Mid-Century Scandinavian Modern rosewood canopy full-size bed. It was designed by renowned Danish designer Arne Hovmand-Olsen and produced by his studio, Design Arne Hovmand-Olsen. A rare find in any condition. But this one is fabulous! It displays the rosewood veneer to great advantage on its flat headboard and footboard. And, each of the four tall, slender solid rosewood posts are so awesomely sculptural. A very simple design that shows its material to its greatest advantage. So typical of Hovmand-Olsen’s designs.
Arne Hovmand-Olsen (1919-1989) was born in the middle of Denmark, precisely in Kirkeby Sogn, to a farming family and the oldest of five. However, the farming life was not for Arne. Showing his artistic side early, in 1938 he was apprenticed to cabinetmaker, P. Olsen Sibast at his furniture factory on Denmark’s island of Funen. In 1941 after finishing his apprenticeship, and knowing he wanted to produce his own designs, he enrolled in Århus technical school specializing in furniture design. 1944 saw him opening his own studio, Design Arne Hovmand-Olsen, where he immediately began creating his own designs to great success. Not only selling in Denmark but also the United States, becoming a pioneer in the export of designer furniture to a larger audience. During his career, in addition to designing and making pieces in his own studio, he also designed his clean-lined, simple, and organic furniture for many Scandinavian greats, such as J. L. Moller and Mogens Kold Mobelfabrik to name just two. Due to ill health he was forced to close his studio in the 1970s and passed in 1989.
What an iconic piece of Scandinavian Modern furniture. Do not wait. You must immediately make this vintage treasure your own.