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Poul M. Volther

Poul M. Volther (1923-2001) trained as a cabinetmaker at the Arts and Crafts school in Copenhagen, before  gaining the support of Hans Wegner and joining the FDB cooperative. It was here, under the directorship of Borge Mogensen, that Volther exercised his immense talent in furniture design.


A strong believer in functionalism, Volther chose to develop ergonomic, long lasting designs over fleeting aesthetic fashions. His designs were inspired by the human form, and placed great emphasis on high-quality manufacturing. With the departure of Mogenesen, Poul Volther assumed directorship of FDB in 1959.


PPerhaps Volther's most famous work is the Corona chair - an ingenious design that accomodates the sitter on two cleverly-seperated eliptical cushions. Volther's aim was minimize the use of materials in a postwar period of austerity, yet he succeeded in creating a design that has been popular to this day.


Poul M. Volther