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Grete Jalk  1920 - 2006


After graduating from high school in modern languages and philosophy, she studied at the Design School for Women (1940–43) under cabinetmaker Karen Margrethe Conradsen. She completed her studies at the Danish Design School in 1946, while receiving additional instruction from Kaare Klint at the Royal Academy's Furniture School.


While consolidating contacts with numerous furniture designers, she took part in the annual competitions of the Design Museum and the Design School's furniture department where she also taught from 1950 to 1960.


In 1953, Jalk opened her own design studio. Inspired by Alvar Aalto's laminated bent-plywood furniture and Charles Eames' molded plywood designs, she began to develop her own boldly curved models.

General interest in her unconventional models grew only slowly although they were sought after for exhibitions and collections.


In 1963, the English newspaper Daily Mirror launched a competition for a chair for a man and a chair for a woman. Despite the fact that Jalk winning first prize with two different laminated armchairs, “The He Chair” and “The She Chair”, they never really came into production. Her associate, cabinetmaker and furniture manufacturer Poul Jeppesen, made some prototypes but they were burnt in a fire, bringing the project to an end.

In 2008, however, Lange Production began industrial production of the “She Chair”.


Side by side with these rather advanced experiments, Jalk developed many simple sets of furniture for manufacturers, including a high desk and stool, a set of shelves in Oregon pine and a series of chairs with upholstered seats and backs on a curved steel base.


Her industrially produced furniture has clear, comfortable lines. The pieces are especially well suited for quick, straightforward production schedules. Economic in their use of materials, they soon became competitive, increasing Denmark's international reputation for furniture design. Firms in the United States and Finland have manufactured some of her lines.

The designs she developed for modern homes included a wall-mounted storage system (1961), a living-room set with a coffee table (1962), a "Watch and Listen" unit (1963) with compartments for a home entertainment system to house a stereo system, TV, records, tapes and speakers.


Jalk also designed wallpaper and upholstery, for example for Unika Væv, and silverware for Georg Jensen.


Jalk also applied her creative talents to designing exhibitions, one of the best examples being the travelling show she arranged for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974 that was taken to 25 destinations around the world. The project consisted of a series of cube-shaped, corrugated-cardboard packaging boxes with silkscreen texts and logos. When unpacked, the boxes could be used as stands and wall displays. Supplemented with support rods, they could quickly serve as showcases and light fixtures.


Another notable event was her Designs by Danish Women exhibition in Copenhagen's Bella Center in connection with the UN Conference on Women in 1980.


Jalk contributed enthusiastically to literature on Danish furniture. Together with Gunnar Bratvold she edited the furniture and interior design magazine Mobilia from 1956 to 1962 and again after Bratvold's death from 1968 to 1974.


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Grete Jalk / P. Jeppesen.
Teak & leather.
Nice vintage condition.
Item number. 4002281
Price: 9,500,- DKK
no.4000908, 4000909, 4000910 Grete Jalk / P. Jeppesen.
Set of 11 chairs.
Solid rosewood & black fabric.
Nice vintage condition.
Item number. 4000908, 4000909, 4000910
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Grethe Jalk/
France & Søn.
Set of 4 dining chairs.
Solid rosewood/ Savak.
Rare edition.
Very nice condition.
Will be sold as a set.
Item number. 4001355, 4001356, 4001357
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no.4001355, 4001356, 4001357