Lange Production presents a re-edition at the Orgatec 2008
Grete Jalk’s honesty and genuine interest in every aspect of quality has made her the conscience of Danish design. Therefore, Lange Production feels very proud and honoured that they are able to present Grete Jalk’s best known pieces of furniture from 1963 – her moulded plywood chair – the GJ Chair – and the GJ Nesting Table. They differ from any previous experiments with moulded plywood by virtue of their sheer technical daring and, despite being composed of two conjoined pieces, the effect is organic and elegant.
Grete Jalk was born in 1920. After completing her school leaving examination, she enrolled at Copenhagen University to study philosophy and law, but after completing the philosophy element she dropped out of university and instead took a year’s instruction in design at the Drawing and Applied Art School for Women. In 1941, she served a three year apprenticeship with cabinetmaker Karen Margrethe Conradsen. In the final year of her apprenticeship she started at the College of Arts and Crafts Furniture School, graduating in 1946. Subsequently, Grete Jalk studied at the Academy of Fine Art’s Furniture School under Kaare Klint and from 1950 until 1960 she taught at the College of Arts and Crafts Furniture School herself. In 1954 she got her own studio and in 1963 won a British furniture competition – the Daily Mail International Furniture competition with her moulded plywood chair – the GJ Chair. That same year, the chair was bought by the Museum of Modern Art in New York where it has remained on permanent exhibition. Grete Jalk died in 2006, aged 86.
Lange Production was founded in 2006 and until 2008 focused exclusively on recreating Fabricus & Kastholm’s classical steel and leather furniture from the late 1960s. The launch of Grete Jalk’s chair – the GJ Chair, and the GJ Nesting Table marks the beginning of a new era for Lange Production, who will also start producing furniture of numerous other designers. The common characteristic of our work will continue to be Form, Function & Finish. Retention of the Form, Function & Finish in Grete Jalk’s world famous furniture from 1963 has been crucial to Lange Production. Consequently, several Danish cultural institutions have been involved in this project.
The Danish Design School in Copenhagen, the Danish Museum of Art and Design – who hold Grete Jalk’s original drawings and furniture, and Trapholt in Kolding – who are also in possession of a set of furniture from 1963, to name a few. Due to the complexity of the chair’s design, only around 300 copies were originally produced. Only a few remain in existence today. Lange Production has chosen to launch the furniture in their original wood species, Teak and Oregon Pine. All of the furniture will be manufactured in Denmark by the leading manufacturer of moulded plywood products.