Grete Jalk - GJ nesting tables
Design Grete Jalk, 1963
Made in Denmark
Designed by Grete Jalk (1920-2006) in 1963, this Laminated Chair is regarded today as the Danish designer's best-known work. The chair, for which Jalk also created a companion side table, was realized in collaboration with the cabinetmaker Poul Jeppesen. Although it won first prize in a competition organized by the British newspaper Daily Mail during the year of its inception, the chair & table never went into industrial production.
The expressive sculptural form of the nesting tables, composed of three molded plywood tables, marks a late highlight in the engagement of prominent designers with this material, which had commenced in the 1930s.
The furniture pieces are relaunched in its original wood species, Teak and Oregon Pine with the addition of black stained ash wood.
Grete Jalk's honesty and genuine interest in every aspect of quality has made her the conscience of Danish design. These are Grete Jalk's best known pieces of furniture from 1963 - her molded plywood chair - the GJ Chair - and the GJ Nesting Table. They differ from any previous experiments with molded plywood by virtue of their sheer technical daring and, despite being composed of two conjoined pieces, the effect is organic and elegant.
small: 15.3" w | 13" L | 14.9" h
medium: 18.1" w | 13.8" L | 15.5" h
large: 21.2" w | 14.5" L | 16.1" h
Grete Jalk studied at the Design School for Women (1940–43) under cabinetmaker Karen Margrethe Conradsen. She finished at the Danish Design School in 1946, under additional tutelage from Kaare Klint at the Royal Academy's Furniture School. She took part in the annual competitions of the Design Museum and the Design School's furniture department, and from 1950-1960 would teach there as well. In 1953, Jalk opened her own design studio. There she started developing her own boldly curved bent-plywood models, inspired by Aalto and Eames' designs.