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Friday, June 17, 2011

Nanna Ditzel

Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005) was born in Copenhagen. Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, she later studied at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, graduating with a degree in furniture design in 1946. In that same year, she established a design studio with her husband Jørgen Ditzel and worked with him until his untimely death in 1961.

Throughout her career, which spanned almost six decades, she experimented with new materials such as foam rubber, fiberglass and wicker. She worked in many disciplines, designing furniture, jewelry, tableware and textiles and continued to create furniture and jewelry up to the end of her life. Much is still in production.

In 1968 she moved to London, where she and husband Kurt Heide opened the international furniture house Interspace in Hampstead. In 1986 she moved back to Denmark and opened her own studio.

She was exhibited internationally with one-woman shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, Vienna, London, Stockholm, Milan, Glasgow, Manchester, Reykjavik, Paris and nationally in Denmark. During her lifetime, she was awarded many international prizes for her awards, including many medals from the Triennale in Milan and the prestigious Lunning Prize and is remembered as "The First Lady of Scandinavian Design." 

From and

Sausage chairs

Child's high chair
Hanging Egg wicker chair
Easy chair

Skal chair
Settee, chairs and table

Trinidad chair

Child's Toadstool

Silver bracelet, 1951

Wristwatch for Georg Jensen, 1995

Here's a delightful interview with Nanna Ditzel in 2005, shortly before her death. She discusses the Trinidad chair, designed in 1993, one of her award-winning pieces. The clip also includes production of a Trinidad chair.
Uploaded by fredericiafurniture, March 22, 2010
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  1. What a talented woman!! Those toadstools are adorable and I love how she made a high chair look fabulous. What an inspiration.

  2. Yep, the toadstools made me look twice -- too cute!

  3. LOVE that high chair and orange sofa / chair set.