Knitting Lounge Chair
The Knitting Chair by Ib Kofod-Larsen, first launched as a limited edition in 1951, makes a triumphant return to the world of modern Danish design under MENU’s concept of “Modernism Reimagined”. This is the brand’s first foray into classic furniture. The chair’s sense of proportion and unparalleled quality makes it a natural choice to bring into contemporary interiors. The playful nature of the Knitting Chair serves to highlight its thoughtful design. Named for the elbow cut-outs that allow maximum comfort while knitting (or reading), the chair is clearly the work of a master designer.
Ib Kofod-Larsen Design
Danish-born architect and furniture designer Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921–2003) earned his architecture degree from the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, opening his own studio in Copenhagen in 1948.
A prominent figure in Danish Modernism alongside such masters as Kaare Klint, Hans J. Wegner, Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl, and Nanna Ditzel, Kofod-Larsen viewed Scandinavian design not as a regional phenomenon but as part of international modernism. He designed for several leading midcentury manufacturers, both in Denmark and abroad. Larsen's great success internationally, placed him as the best-selling Danish architect in the US in the 50s, working with furniture manufacturers in Germany, Sweden, Japan, the US, and the UK, and exhibiting throughout Europe and the US. Kofod-Larsen frequently worked with resplendent woods, such as teak and rosewood, including rich leathers.
Clean, sculptural lines characterize much of his pristine work. In 2003, Kofod-Larsen passed away and the designer's pieces have become frequented collector items, due to his undeniable talent for honoring the innate qualities of his carefully chosen materials.