First Movers

First Movers
June 15 - September 9, 2018

We invite you to join our exhibition taking you through 5.000 years of furniture history. A journey through time, back from the old pharaohs and up until today.

In the midst of golden beds, majestic thrones, ordinary stools, and three-legged tables, you can follow the connecting threads between the ancient furniture and the modern furniture. The Egyptian furniture does not look like typical furniture, as we know from our homes. Or does it?

Architect and cabinetmaker Dan Svarth (born 1942) has been doing research in Egyptian furniture from the Pharaoh era since the early 1990ies. Dan has visited museums around the world to study, survey and record the furniture found in Egyptian graves. Furniture findings, which in some cases date back to 3,000 years B.C.

Thereafter Dan set out for a registration realized in model sizes. Thus, all furniture findings now exist as physical miniature models as well. These can be turned, tilted and viewed from all angles. Dan’s work with the models thus span over almost 30 years and the collection includes chairs, stools, beds, footrests, chests, seats, headrests and boxes, as well as war charlottes, canopies, small jars and drawings of the furniture in real-size.


On display you also find:
Stool by Alvar Aalto
PK9 by Poul Kjærholm
Klismostype-chair by G.F. Hetsch
Barcelona-chair by Mies van der Rohe
Safari chair by Kaare Klint
Chair by Gerrit Rietveld
Wingchair by Kaare Klint
Folding chair by Bernt
Chieftain chair by Finn Juhl
Saw-bed by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen
Daybed by Bruno Mathsson
The Egyptian Folding stool by Ole Wanscher
Folding table by Ole Wanscher
Casket by Jacob Hermann
Chair by John Kandell
Thread-chair by Astrid Tolnov
Tram table by AkikoKenMade
The Egyptian chair by Finn Juhl
Stool by Bernt
Kongeserien-chair by Rud Thygesen and Johnny Sørensen
Garden cushion box

The modern furniture courtesy of KADK – Collection of chairs, Dansk Møbelkunst, OneCollection – House of Finn Juhl, Skovshoved Møbelfabrik and private owners.

Also thanks for support from The Danish Arts Foundation and Kvadrat