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Does anyone know the designer of this Farstrup Chairs and Table set ?

- 11 Jun 2017 -
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I bought this set today from an estate sale. Does anyone know who designed it?

It reminds me of Tapio Wirkkala's design .

Does anyone know the designer of this Farstrup Chairs and Table set ?


- 11 Jun 2017

Pretty classical windsor chairs with a strong influence of Tapiovaara's fanett chair. I would be suprised that you find a "name" behind them. Most likely generic / in house design.

They are pretty nevertheless and fits well in your (beautiful) home.

Edit: Found an ad for similar Farstrup chairs. No designer mentioned and the text is heavily insisting on the price.

- 11 Jun 2017

I have owned one of the arm chair versions of that. I was never sure that it was indeed a Farstrup piece. There are other extremely similar designs, and various maker attributions for it. Farstrup is the most prevalent maker attribution.

I also would be surprised if you find a designer to put to them. Most likely, if you definitively figure out who made them, then the designer will be the owner of the company.

- 11 Jun 2017

Thanks very much to both Leif and Dr Poulet. I am at least glad to know the manufacturer.

I bought them thinking they would work well for my son who graduates from university this year. I didn't take into account that he is 195 cm ( 6'-3") tall, so when he sat in the chairs they were not very comfortable.

They are a handsome set - but not for anyone over 180 cm I don't think.

Thanks again.

- 11 Jun 2017

Oh, I did not see that they actually still have a maker's tag on them. That is great.

- 17 Dec 2017

It is made by Poul M. Wolther for Farstrup. Beautiful set!
The Dane

- 18 Dec 2017

If you are called DANISHDESIGN, and you sign with The Dane, there is no need to bring any additional evidence after identification...

- 19 Dec 2017

Well, these chairs very much resemble the J46 chairs Volther designed for FDB - but there are slight differences and it is not evident at all that it was Volther who made the changes for Farstrup. I think it's not unlikely that some inhouse designer just took the very successful J46 design and made some minor corrections in order to sell it as a Farstrup chair. Would that make it a Volther design? I'm not sure.

- 20 Dec 2017

If Volther did not draw the chairs for Farstrup, I think the farthest one could go ethically is to say that it is "Poul Volther STYLE."

- 20 Dec 2017

This probably would make a new thread but I have been thinking for quite some time about how far the danish desiners would go in copying a style and to what extent it was accepted to do so. I reacently stumbled accros a chest of drawers designed by Niels Clausen for NC mobler which puzzled me because it looks like blatant copy of a pretty distinctive Arne Vodder high boy which is still in production. (I enclose pictures) I know that the danes somehow regarded their designs as common for all danes but then again there must have been something like a copyright.

- 20 Dec 2017

It might be a (bad) copy, there is no way you can confuse the new one with the old one.

- 20 Dec 2017

Funny you say that. The new one is Arne Vodder, it's a reedition which was approved by him, it is made after his own drawings and can surely be considered the original, I just couldn't find any picture of the Sibast version. The old one is the copy by Niels Clausen - or maybe some kind of very similar "inspired by" original. I don't know.

- 20 Dec 2017

There are also very nice looking bedside tables with those same drawers made by Clausen. For me Clausen went over the line.

The copyrights were protected by the Bern Convention, whatever that means. I’ve seen it multiple times in various catalogs though.

One of the interesting thins is how the Danish designers would often draw close copies of their own work for many many different companies. Ib Kofod Larsen did his a lot.

- 21 Dec 2017

Do you have any information on how and how much they got payed?

- 21 Dec 2017

Generally the Danish designers were paid on royalties, so how much to paid depended on how well designs sold. I believe hat the best selling designers were not poor.

- 21 Dec 2017

Ah, thank you. So from that point of view it totally makes sense that architects would draw similar designs for different companies if the designs had sold well before. And it also would make sense for companies to use inhouse designs in order to avoid the payment of royalties.

Having said that, I suppose that for instance FDB would have had an interest economical wise to prevent Farstrup from producing something so similar to their own top seller. Is anything known about law suits over design and copy rights in Denmark?

- 21 Dec 2017

I remember reading that Danish laws at the time were inadequate to protect furniture designs.

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