Arne Hovmand-Olsen

A lifelong passion for furniture design.

Arne Hovmand Olsen is a famous Danish furniture designer from the mid 20th century. He was born into an agricultural family in Kirkeby Sogn, Denmark. Due to his interest in drawing from an early age, his family set him up as an apprentice to furniture maker P. Olsen Sibast in 1938. Upon completion of his apprenticeship in 1941, Arne joined a furniture designing school in Aarhus to fulfil his dream of designing the furniture he produced. 

Soon after, Arne opened his own studio and began designing modern furniture with clean lines and simple forms for leading manufacturers. His style is very much in the organic, natural style that defines mid century Scandinavian furniture. During the 1950s and 60s there was a huge demand for Danish furniture and design throughout Europe and the US, this lead to Hovmand-Olsen’s work becoming recognised and coveted internationally.

Arne Hovmand-Olsen ‘Evermore’ Dining Table Image Credit: Warm Nordic

Arne Hovmand-Olsen ‘Evermore’ Dining Table
Image Credit: Warm Nordic

 
Arne Hovmand Olsen belongs to a group of exciting Danish furniture designers who chose to experiment with both form and materials
— Warm Nordic
Arne Hovmand Olsen ‘Model 480’ Lounge Chair Image Credit: Wright 20

Arne Hovmand Olsen ‘Model 480’ Lounge Chair
Image Credit: Wright 20

 
 
Danish Designer Arne Hovmand-Olsen

Danish Designer Arne Hovmand-Olsen

 
 
Arne Hovmand-Olsen ‘Model 71’ Dining Chairs for Mogens Kold Image Credit: Mr Bigglesworthy

Arne Hovmand-Olsen ‘Model 71’ Dining Chairs for Mogens Kold
Image Credit: Mr Bigglesworthy

 

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