The "First Lady of Danish Design", Nanna Ditzel made a significant impact on the modern design movement in Denmark and around the world with her innovative and experimental forms. With nearly 100 lots sold and counting, Wright continues to celebrate her contributions to the field.
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Additional Facts of Note
Nanna Ditzel’s iconic textile design Hallingdal for Kvadrat has been in continuous production since 1965. A best-selling product for the manufacturer, Hallingdal has sold nearly six million yards to date remaining a prevalent staple of Scandinavian homes.
Ditzel presented her first designs at the Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s Guild Exhibition in 1944 and continued exhibiting worldwide including galleries in Sweden, Germany, England, Japan, and Italy, among many others, throughout her career.
In 2019, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen interviewed Nanna Ditzel’s daughter Dennie Ditzel, managing director of Nanna Ditzel Design, regarding the experimental and innovative designer who became a leading figure in the renewal of Danish design.
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Nanna Ditzel 1923–2005
Nanna Ditzel, fondly known as the “First Lady of Danish Design,” was born in Copenhagen in 1923. She was trained as a cabinetmaker before enrolling at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen where she met future husband Jørgen Ditzel. In 1946 the two established a design studio producing an array of jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and furniture including the iconic Hanging Egg chair (1959). In 1956 the pair was awarded the Lunning Prize for their Children’s High Chair. After Jørgen’s death in 1961, Nanna continued the practice on her own eventually moving to London where she established the Interspace International Furniture and Design Centre.
A vibrant and experimental designer, she made a significant impact on design in an era not favored towards female innovators. Her most pioneering designs involved fiberglass, wicker, foam rubber and experimentation in split-level interior seating. Ditzel’s works were comprised of unconventional compositions and organic forms, but at the same time functional pieces she herself would use in daily life.
Nanna Ditzel’s career was highly regarded and she was awarded numerous prizes including the Gold Medal in the International Furniture Design Competition, Japan (1990) as well as the ID Prize, Denmark’s highest design honor in 1995. In 1996 she was elected Honorable Royal Designer at Royal Society of Arts in London and was awarded the lifelong Artists’ Grant by the Danish Ministry of Culture in 1998. In November 2018, the Trapholt Museum of Modern Art in Denmark celebrated her legacy with a retrospective of her work.
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