Manufactured by Kill International
Seat and back lined with black leather, steel tripod base
H.77 cm cm L.59 P.43 cm
Preben Fabricius (1931–1984), trained as a cabinetmaker under master joiner Niels Vodder, before he went on to study at the School for Interior Design from which he graduated in 1957. After completing his studies, Preben Fabricius started working for architect Ole Hagen where he was soon reunited with his former fellow student, Jørgen Kastholm. The two young designers had similar ideals when it came to design aesthetics and craftsmanship, and the decision to start their own studio in 1961 seemed like a natural step. For about ten years, the two young designers had an enormously productive partnership, creating an impressive amount of timeless, functional and always uncompromisingly elegant designs and receiving several awards for their work. While Jørgen Kastholm had always been the more outgoing and openly ambitious of the two, Preben Fabricius was very much the tirelessly hardworking, thoughtful type who would spend hours meticulously perfecting each detail and perhaps this difference in character was part of the reason why their partnership eventually ended. After Jørgen Kastholm’s move to Germany, Preben Fabricius worked on several residential projects and designed furniture for manufacturers such as Skalma in Denmark and Walter Knoll in Germany. He also taught at the School for Interior Design where he himself had been a student.
Jørgen Kastholm (1931–2007), had spent his early youth working abroad, travelling the world and then training as a smith before his passion for design prompted him to enrol in the School for Interior Design in Copenhagen, where he studied under the professor Finn Juhl. He graduated with honours in 1958 and went on to work with i.a. Arne Jacobsen, whom he assisted in the making of iconic pieces such as the “Egg” and “Swan” chairs for Fritz Hansen. It was during his time at the School for Interior Design, that Jørgen Kastholm first met Preben Fabricius with whom he discovered a shared design philosophy of minimizing and simplifying without ever compromising with quality or aesthetics, and a few years later – in 1961 – the two of them started a joint design studio in a humble basement in Gentofte, just north of Copenhagen. Their collaboration resulted in a strong portfolio of timeless signature pieces – like the Tulip chair, the Scimitar Chair and the Sculpture Chair, before the partnership was later dissolved due to professional differences. Several of the works from this period have made their way into prominent places – such as the Louvre in Paris and MoMA in New York. Jørgen Kastholm was a creative visionary with an extrovert personality and pronounced international aspirations and in 1971 he moved to Germany where he set up his own design studio. In 1975 he was appointed professor in furniture design and product development with the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal and he remained a resident of Germany for the rest of his life. As well as teaching, he continued to design for manufacturers such as Kusch + Co., Rauch and BMW in Germany as well as DUBA and Getama in Denmark.