Hans Olsen

A playful and experimental approach.

Hans Olsen was born in Denmark in 1919. He began his career as a cabinetmaker before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in 1943 where he studied under Danish design master Kaare Klint. At the Academy, Olsen focused on ergonomics and the study of human body measurements. His studies were a sign of things to come, Olsen’s designs show an affinity for experimenting with shape and materials, all with the goal of achieving maximum comfort.

Hans Olsen is also known for his “playful and experimental approach” which places him outside the mainstream Klint school and its focus on more rigid functionalism. In 1953, Olsen opened his own studio and began exhibiting his works with the Cabinetmakers Guild in Copenhagen, to much acclaim. The resulting interest in his designs led to partnerships with leading Danish manufacturers like Bramin Møbelfabrik and Frem Røjle.

Hans Olsen ‘Fried Egg’ Lounge Chair Image Credit: Warm Nordic

Hans Olsen ‘Fried Egg’ Lounge Chair
Image Credit: Warm Nordic

 
Hans Olsen made his own special mark on the Danish Modernism of the 1950s with his consummately designed, characterful furniture.
— Warm Nordic
Hans Olsen ‘The Orange’ Lounge Chair Image Credit: Warm Nordic

Hans Olsen ‘The Orange’ Lounge Chair
Image Credit: Warm Nordic

 
Danish Designer Hans Olsen

Danish Designer Hans Olsen

 
Hans Olsen ‘Roundette’ Dining Suite for Frem Rojle Image Credit: Mr Bigglesworthy

Hans Olsen ‘Roundette’ Dining Suite for Frem Rojle
Image Credit: Mr Bigglesworthy

 

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