Smart Dalescraft 60s teak bench set after Torbjorn Afdal for Bruksbo.
4ft Bench £450, measures length 122cm, width 41cm, height 35cm.
6ft Bench £650, measures length 183cm, width 41cm, height 35cm. SOLD
Small ‘sit on’ chest of drawers £270, measures 60cm x 38cm, height 17cm. SOLD
Pair of seat cushions approx £30 depending on fabric.
We go out of our way to source pieces by Dalescraft like this. The benches are quite rare. The design is based on a well known one made by Bruksbo of Norway designed by Torbjorn Afdal but as usual Malcolm D Walker ( known as David ) adapted the design for production by his family firm of Daleascraft . After producing top quality pieces in a more British contemporary style in the late 1950s David started to use Scandinavian designs as his influence with pieces similar to those designed by Gunni Oman, Grethe Jalk and Poul Hundevad amongst others. We’ve read that he was asked by Heals of London to produce British pieces in Scandinavian style to be sold by them at competitive prices whilst retaining the quality. We don’t know if this is true but they certainly stocked Dalescraft pieces as we’ve seen some with Heals labels.
We’ve also recently bought a matching 6ft coffee table ( which needs a clean and polish ) which would work well with a piece of glass to the top to protect it from ring marks so ideal for regular family use .
The tops of these benches look to be solid teak but like the bulk of mid-century furniture it is only veneered as to use solid teak would have been amazingly expensive. In the 1950s and early 1960s teak was often sourced from ancient forests as well as traditional plantations, demand eventually resulted in more industrial farming methods which resulted in less attractive timbers as they were no longer slowly grown .
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