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- 16 Jan 2018 -
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Hello Design Addict experts,


Take a look at the colors of the drawers inside the cabinet. They match other Arne Vodder drawer colors but I can not find this piece specifically when searching. I would greatly appreciate any opinions out there. Thanks, Hugh


Is this Arne Vodder?
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1960 - 1969

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- 16 Jan 2018

I have no idea who it is, but I am certain it's not Arne Vodder. Painted drawers are part of upcycling these days! Fun, eh?

- 16 Jan 2018

Thanks Kyle for the info. I know people are painting things no a days, and I agree, that's errr, fun.

I too was skeptical about the piece being Vodder but the paint appears to be original to the piece.

Do you know if anyone else in the era was painting drawers like this?

I've attached a few more pics of the drawers.

Thanks!

- 16 Jan 2018

Yeah, I'm with you, not really that fun.

In all seriousness I struggle to believe that paintwork is original. I believe I've seen handles like that before on fairly generic pieces and never seen the painted drawers. I think I'm mostly skeptical because of how clean the paintwork seems to be.

As to whether this was common outside of Vodder, I don't think it was. But that's not to say it didn't happen, the BO69 desk by Finn Juhl is honestly the first thing that sprang to mind, he also did a similar sideboard and weird filing folding cabinet too. I digress, two big names were doing it, so even if this paint were original (which I doubt it to be) then the painted drawers are not an indication of this being a piece by Arne Vodder, just imitating trends. The design outside of painted drawers betrays that much.

It must be stressed, there is plenty of other voices here, all of whom far exceed my knowledge on the matter. Perhaps they'll weigh in on whether it's original on this piece or not, and who designed it.

- 16 Jan 2018

Paint is original and i have seen this cabinet a few times in the past.
I did see it for sale recently where the designer was named, but can not for the life of me remember where it was or who either.

- 16 Jan 2018

Thanks Kyle for the update and My Panton Home for letting me know you've seen it before.

Hoping someone else will see the post who knows the piece and can give the name of the designer.

- 17 Jan 2018

There are a number of original designs out there that have multi-colored, painted drawers. Vodder, Juhl and on to G-plan. Obviously there were Eames pieces as well, and I wonder if these danish pieces were not a subtle nod to the American designers who were using a lot more color?

I have seen your sideboard attributed to Børge Møgensen in the past, however I strongly doubted that attribution, as it was on Pintrest, I believe. I am sure Leif or cd could confirm/deny that. I am not sure I would fully rule out Vodder, but it is probably not very likely, as his pieces were pretty well documented, and would have likely shown up in initial google searches. I think your best bet is to try and find out who might have made/designed the piece in general (there were no markings, correct?).

I would key in on the pulls for the drawers and sliding doors, that combination seems unique. Also, the form of the legs, and how they attach to the main casing of the piece. The multi-colored drawers are obviously a unique detail, but I suspect that this was just an option for the piece, and was less prevalent than production that did not have multi-colored drawers. I would suspect that the form of the drawers was probably used elsewhere by the same producer/designer though.

Sorry I do not have anything more concrete for you. It is a really nice piece though. Construction /material quality seems mid-high, and I am always a sucker for the painted drawers (when original). In fact, a number of my bucket list pieces are the Juhl and Vodder painted-drawer pieces. I also like how the sliding pieces allow you to either show-off the multi-color drawers, or the nicely sculpted, more traditional, drawer pulls. It has a little bit of everything.

- 17 Jan 2018

Not Mogensen. Not Arne Vodder.

Take Zephyr’s advice and post a couple dozen more details photos inside, under, rear, hardware, drawer joints, drawer slides, etc, etc. Maybe someone will recognize the manufacturer.

- 21 Jan 2018

Thank you Zephyr and Leif for your comments.

You'll see in this new set of images the base is also a unique part of the piece. Although, I did not have the cross piece in the original set of images, it's (luckily) been found and now attached.

As for your questions Zephyr, no, there are no markings on the piece.

Hopefully now that it is complete someone will recognize it.

- 21 Jan 2018

Here are a few more photos.

Thanks again for any help identifying the designer.

- 21 Jan 2018

I see a lot of Johannes Andersen in there. Couldn‘t find a matching piece though.

- 22 Jan 2018

Yes, I see a similarity in the drawer pulls but I too was unable to find a Johannes Andersen match. That's the closest I've seen from a drawer pull configuration aspect, but didn't see a similar base or the colored drawers.

I'm still hoping someone else see this post who might have one and know the designer.

Thanks for your comment Herringbone.

- 22 Jan 2018

The drawer pulls reminds me to the Omnibus Wall
Unit by Sven Ellekaer

- 22 Jan 2018

Take some more photos. What does the back look like, how is it attached? How are the shelves in place.

Danish pieces can be infuriatingly hard to identify on looks alone if a piece is not immediately obvious. The maker needs to identified first, then maybe that will lead to the designer.

- 22 Jan 2018

You find many of these drawer pulls out there. But Andersen did also use these round handles (like many others) and the legs of the highboard resemble those of other Andersen pieces, be it tables or sideboards he designed for cfc and uldum.

- 22 Jan 2018

The shelves are all adjustable and removable. The back is unfinished and will be hard for me to get a photo of it for a while. Too big too move on my own.

I will keep looking online in the interim.

Thank you all again for your input.

- 22 Jan 2018

The shelves are all adjustable and removable. The back is unfinished and will be hard for me to get a photo of it for a while. Too big too move on my own.

I will keep looking online in the interim.

Thank you all again for your input.

- 22 Jan 2018

As i wrote earlier i saw a credible attribution recently in a for sale post, but can not for the life of me remember where or who it was.
But check Instagram or 1stdibs, could have been either :)

- 22 Jan 2018

Thanks again everyone. I've looked through 1st Dibs but have not checked Instagram. That may turn something up. I'll post if I find it.

- 24 Jan 2018

I have a book with a piece attributed to Finn Juhl with similar drawers but they are laminated.

- 24 Jan 2018

Finn Juhl's use of colors surely was an inspiration for other danish designers. He may have "invented" the multicolored drawers. But apart from that he had nothing to do with the highboard in question.

- 24 Jan 2018

To identify this piece general design similarities need to be ignored. There is plenty of the Danish furniture industry of 1962 in the piece. It would be little construction details that begin to form a picture of which company made it. So far the photos have all focused on design elements that really aren’t helpful much.

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