Grete Juel Jalk (1920–2006) was a Danish furniture designer. From the 1960s, she did much to enhance Denmark’s reputation for modern furniture design with her clear, comfortable lines. She also edited the Danish magazine Mobilia and compiled a four-volume work on Danish furniture. In 1953, Jalk opened her own design studio. Inspired by Alvar Aalto’s laminated bent-plywood furniture and Charles Eames’ moulded plywood designs, she began to develop her own boldly curved models. 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. 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 also manufactured some of her lines.
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A Grete Jalk sofa. C. 1960s, Denmark. Manufactured by France and Daverkosen. Teak, new cushions and base cover. Mont Blanc 'Coal' viscose, cotton, linen and silk blend. 77 cm high, 194 cm wide, 77 cm deep
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