Jørgen Kastholm 1931-2007
The well-known furniture designer, who demonstrated his gifts in the nineteen-sixties in particular with creations such as the Grasshopper Chair, won a number of design awards, including Germany's first federal 'Gute Form' prize in 1969. During his stay in Lebanon a close cooperation with colleague Preben Fabricius produced the Scimitar Chair and the interior furnishing of the local SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) office. His designs can still be seen in more than 120 airports throughout the world.
He founded his own studio in 1962 together with Preben Fabricius. For eight years the duo showed a great feel for contemporary design in creating seating made of steel and leather. This was an unusual departure for Danish design, which at the time was dominated by furniture made of wood. Within a very short time Fabricius and Kastholm had risen to the level of major designers such as Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjærholm. In 1970 the studio was dissolved for personal reasons, but individually neither of the two was able to repeat the success they had achieved together. Kastholm continued to work as an architect until shortly before his death.
After a serious illness Jørgen Kastholm died on 14 June in the circle of his family.