The story of Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik is a story of hard work and artisanal skills. It all started in 1954 when Erik Jørgensen, who was a trained upholsterer, set out to open his own workshop. From that moment, his fame as a skilled upholsterer kept expanding, to the point where, in the early 60s, world-famous designers started turning to him for advice. One of his major successes was in 1960, when Hans J. Wegner asked for his help to upholster a particularly difficult and complex armchair; Erik agreed, and that’s how the Ox Chair was born! To this day, the Ox Chair is regarded as one if the most significant armchairs of the 60s, and it’s still among Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik’s best sellers.
There’s a similar history behind many of Erik’s first creations: designers would come up with an idea, and he would make their dreams come true, thanks to his high-level expertise. For example, another statement chair of the 60s, which is still very popular today, is the Corona Chair: in 1964, Erik Jørgensen met its creator, Poul M. Volther, at a furniture fair, and decided to put it into production, first with a wooden structure, and later with a metal one.
After Erik passed away in 1998, his sons were the ones who took over his company; since then, Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik has stuck to its founder’s principles: hard work and high quality, meant to create furniture that lasts. The vaguely rétro style of many of these pieces of furniture creates a pleasant nostalgic feeling, which never becomes bitter: typically Jørgensen-esque features like pastel colors, soft, rich cushions, high-quality fabrics and large buttons add cheerfulness and a sense of peace to every room these sofas and chairs enrich.
It’s quite clear that Erik Jørgensen’s sons have been keeping the family name sky-high: their furniture is now sold all over the world, and its outstanding quality and durability are universally acknowledged. However, a major reason that explains the uninterrupted success of this brand is their openness towards new ideas: people at Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik trust and consult their own pool of expert designers, but, at the same time, they also crave for new ideas. This is why, every year, they hold competitions to discover new talents; in turn, these competitions have helped shape the careers of many now established designers, like Ernst and Jensen, Ditte Hammerstrøm, and many others.
The Insula Base: a revolutionary table surrounded by colorful chairs
Another sign of the appreciation Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik’s products receive is their constant presence at all the most important international furniture fairs. We just saw them in February, at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2018, and we’ll soon see them again at the 2018 edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile. What can we say? We already know they will not fail to impress their international audience, thanks to their passion for design and their expert craftsmanship.
What else can we say? Let Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik unique and timeless designs speak for themselves.