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Nanna Ditzel

Nanna Ditzel (1923 - 2005) was a Danish furniture designer whose work responded to rapid developments in materials and industrial processes during the post-war era. As a result, Ditzel's designs cemented Denmark's reputation for innovative design, not least her iconic 'Hanging Egg' chair.


Born in 1923, Ditzel was designing at a time when new materials and processes were emerging. She embraced the challenge, producing experimental and innovative pieces in a wide array of materials including fibreglass, wicker and rubber. As well as furniture design, Ditzel worked across other disiciplines, exploring jewellery, tableware, applied arts and textiles.


Prior to graduating as a furniture designer from The School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1946, Nanna Ditzel worked as a cabinet maker. Shortly after graduating, Ditzel founded her own design studio with Jørgen Ditzel. Despite working in a very male-dominated industry, Ditzel succeeded in becoming a highly successful, acclaimed designer, with a career spanning 60 years.


Her works are still in constant production to this day, with furniture ranges for Fredericia, Getama and Sika, textiles for Kvadrat and jewellery for Georg Jensen.

Read Nanna Ditzel's obituary.


Nanna Ditzel