Smart pair of teak chairs model ” Kolding ” by Erik Wortz designed 1961 for IKEA
Erik Wortz deserves to be better known as he designed some great pieces , some of which we’ve had in the past . IKEA in the late 1950s and early 1960s used a number of famous Danish and Swedish designers to design contemporary pieces which were made only for them in Sweden , which they then retailed mainly by mail order . Their first major store in Stockholm wasn’t opened until 1965 .
Early IKEA pieces like these have the same build quality as other well made early 1960s furniture . The frames are solid teak , and the loose cushions are proper sprung foam cushions rather than just foam so the same as you’d find on the best Danish sofas and chairs at this date . The manufacture and quality is excellent , but not quite as finely detailed as you’d find on Finn Juhl and Ib Kofod Larsen pieces of the same era , but then they’re a fraction of the price ! This model is rarely seen outside Sweden for obvious reasons . We sourced them in Sweden through a contact there .
We’ve cleaned and oiled the teak so the frames look as good as they first did over 50 years ago . Our price is either for the set of vintage red leather cushions ( Danish 1960s but foam only interior ) or for new cushion covers over the original sprung cushions . If you go for the latter option , then we will cover the original cushions in a fire-retardant barrier fabric and make new covers in the fabric of your choice from either Camira , Abraham Moon or Romo assuming a retail price of around £50 a metre or an allowance of £150 if you want us to send us your own fabric as we’ll need 3 metres of fabric . Our upholsterer Tracey can advise on fabrics and arrange for samples to be sent to you from Camira , Romo or Moon .
See our blogs about Erik Wortz and also about IKEA and this particular pair of chairs .