Poul Volther – Danish Furniture Designer

Posted on 4th August 2011 in Danish Furniture Designers, Furniture Designers

 Poul Volther is best known for the “Corona Chair” and matching ottoman designed and produced in 1964. Originally conceived of in 1961, his prototype model was constructed out of solid oak. Experimenting with a variety of materials, the successful model that we are familiar with today was made out of steel and manufactured by Erik Jorgensen.

Many modern furniture designers during this time designed with the comfort and proper support of the human form in mind. Resembling an assemblage of seemingly floating pieces that appear more like that of a backbone with ribs, it was inspired by a solar eclipse. This is how it received its name, which refers to the outer layers of the sun’s atmosphere as viewed through time lapse photography during an eclipse.

Padded for comfort, it is supported on highly polished chrome steel legs that seem to defy its ability to function as designed. Available in high grain Italian leather or a wide range of materials and colors, it received both praise and attention in the contemporary furniture world. This same chair was later used in 2002 in Copenhagen by the European Heads. It however, never originally received the approval of the public and was to resurface again in 1984, again to critical acclaim but still not appealing to the mass market.

In 2002, it was again presented as a silent participant at the EU Top meeting in Copenhagen. This time not only did the contemporary furniture community applaud his design but so did the world. Just as his chair was to finally receive the recognition it deserved, Poul Volther passed away. The “Corona Chair” today surpasses sales of all the other chairs for the manufacturer Erik Jorgensen. While Poul Volter designed many other pieces of modern furniture as well as modern lighting, none ever equaled the attention that this chair received.

Born in 1923 until 200, he was witness to the explosion of creativity and innovation that occurred during this time period in modern and contemporary furniture. Originally trained as a cabinet maker in Denmark at The Danish School of Arts and Crafts and then later he taught at The Danish School of Art and Design. With his dedication to high quality craftsmanship, he produced never before seen modern furniture. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and following the tenets of modern design he focused on both function and form, keeping each in equal balance.

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