Poul Hundevad, Folding Stool PH 41

Poul Hundevad

Folding stool, model PH 41 Guldhoj

Leather and teak

Denmark, ca.1950    

Poul Hundevad (1917-2011) was a Danish furniture designer whose furniture sold all over the world through the cooperation of Domus Danica. Hundevad trained as a carpenter before he established, in the beginning of the 1950’s, his own cabinet-making firm called Hundevad & Co., in his home town Vamdrup. The company produced many of the founder’s own designs, alongside the designs of Danish designers Mogens Plum, Kay, Carlo Jensen, Harald Plum and Ingemann Iversen. In the 1950’s, Hundevad drew his Guldhøj Chair, a modern work following the inspiration of an ancient Nordic folding chair of the same name; which was excavated in 1891 and is the oldest preserved piece of furniture in Scandinavia, dating back to the second half of the 1400’s BC. Working in collaboration with the National Museum of Denmark, where the antique is housed, Hundevad chose to retain its precise measurements; to which he then applied his technical expertise to design this icon of modern style.