Honouring Ole Wanscher’s respect for materials, artisanship and functionality, Carl Hansen & Son is reintroducing the designer’s 1962 classic dining table, intended for the dining room of the Danish Academy in the Rungstedlund estate. Karen Blixen’s dinner parties often included writers, actors, physicists and other guests from Denmark’s cultural scene and Wanscher was commissioned to create a table fit for these storied guests.
The elliptical table is a triumph of minimalist design, with Wanscher taking inspiration from 18th-century English furniture, evident in the slender limbs and jaw-dropping curved silhouette. His mastery of sculptural forms and effortless precision are visible in every aspect of the table, from the slight slope legs to the rounded joins that give it an incredible lightness of form.
Ole Wanscher (1903-1985), was born in Copenhagen in 1903 and was an architect and professor of architecture with furniture designs as his specialty. He came to shape Danish furniture, both as an active designer and as a master teacher. His furniture designs are now considered to be modern classics - sophisticated and functional with an exquisite attention to detail.