Dec 19, 2012

Arne Vodder

If you have been following this blog you are likely to be interested in mid century modern design. If so, you might have heard of Arne Vodder. If not, here is an opportunity to learn!

Arne Vodder was one of the most influential Scandicavian mid-century designers. He was first a student and then a business partner of the famous Finn Juhl (surely you have heard of him? If not - shame on you!), and is most appreciated for his beautiful sideboards designed in the 1950 - 1960's and manufactured by Sibast furniture.

In the history of design, a chair has often times been the center of attention, but in 1950's the focus drifted more towards sideboards, also known as credenzas. This is the period when many famous designers created their own version of this piece of furniture, and Vodder's creations are amongst the most well known and wanted ones. His designs are carefully detailed and free of sharp edges, and usually made of teak or rosewood.

And guess what? Our path just happened to collide with one of these! Being an active scout for antique, Pekka spotted one in a Finnish auction house, and naturally couldn't resist the temptation.

Vodder high board

Measuring 182 x 113 x 50 this credenza is considered a high board (vs. low board). The integrated drawer handles create a famous curved pattern known to Vodder's design.  It is made of rosewood, more particularly palisander. It was designed in the late 1950's and this particular piece was manufactured by Sibast furniture in 1966 (as stated in the sticker inside).

String of drawers
The famous curved handle
Manufacturer's label
Amazing quality of craftsmanship - a velvet lining for jewelry
No sharp edges

And what is the Vodder high board used in our home? Well, located next to the dinner table it offers an ideal storage space for glasses, wines and spirits. So if you can only get past the scary watch dog, you are more than welcome to come and enjoy a drink (or two) with us!

Guarding duties

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