J.L.Moller models 75 + 77 versus the English versions by Dalescraft + Younger . We currently have a rare chance to compare the Moller 75 chair with 2 designs by quality British makers which are obviously based upon the earlier design by Niels Moller for his family firm . So below you’ll see photos showing them together .
Both the Moller 75 +77 seem to have been designed in 1954 by Niels Moller along with their appropriate carver chairs . Made in teak , rosewood and sometimes light oak in the 1950s and 60s they were the archetypal Danish dining chair . J.L.Moller unlike both Dalescraft and A Younger are still in existence , but working on a much smaller scale producing some of their original designs . The quality of timber available today is not as good as it was in the 1950s and 60s , with rosewood obviously now not available for use commercially .
Dalescraft under Malcolm David Walker was very influenced by Scandinavian design , and many of the companies pieces in the 1960s show that . Most Dalescraft pieces are either afromosia ( late 1950s and early 60s ) then teak from early 1960s . We’ve yet to see any pieces in rosewood from them . We currently have a set of 6 teak chairs with orange/red simulated leather seats that are heavily influenced by the Moller models 75 +77 , and they also made a carver version . You’ll find that the Dalescraft version sells for around half to 2 thirds of a Moller chair , but as many are not labelled you might be lucky and find them cheaper . However not surprisingly we’ve also seen some described as being Danish , and priced accordingly .
A Younger had the talented John J Herbert as their design director from the mid-1950s to circa 1970 . Many of his designs have their own individual aesthetic distinguishing them from Scandinavian pieces as well as from other British pieces by makers large and small . He was a very versatile and capable designer , and in the early 1960s he came up with a lovely dining range called the Fonseca . The sideboard and tables have their own individual look , but the chairs as you will see here are definitely Danish in appearance . Younger chairs are very rarely if ever labelled as such , and we’ve often seen them described as Danish . A Younger like Dalescraft mainly used afromosia in the late 1950s and into the early 1960s , before moving into teak . Occasionally however you will see the odd model in rosewood , and we currently have a set of 6 in rosewood including 2 carvers . We’ve also recently sourced a set of 4 in teak , having already had a pair of carvers and 2 chairs that needed a full restoration so will be putting together a matched set of 8 .
We’ve yet to find a Dalescraft catalogue , but have a 1964 and 1968 Younger catalogues neither of which came with pricelists . but do have the odd price jotted in their margins . Both these firms were aimed at the upper end of the contemporary market , and the evidence we have indicates that their pieces would have cost around 30%-50% more than G Plan and McIntosh pieces , but be around 20%-40% cheaper than high end Danish pieces such as those by Moller .
Moller chairs from the 50s and 60s were either fully upholstered in leather or fabric , or often they had papercord seats , whereas the Younger and Dalescraft ones are always upholstered as far as we know .