Now called FDB actually Coop Denmark today, but FDB has, after all, existed in Denmark for so many years that all adult Danes know the old classic wooden chairs from the FDB. They have long been sold out and smoked into oblivion, but now FDB all have them out into the light again. An article in Politiken describes in detail all the classic FDB furniture , and here you can see that the fairytale of FDB furniture started in 1933 and renowned architect Børge Mogensen later in charge of the project.
Chronology of FDB furniture in Denmark
- 1933. The first furniture set for sale Shopping Mall’s shops.
- 1942-49. Furniture Architect Børge Mogensen becomes first head of FDB’s studio, and it is he that really draw the line furniture production will follow in the coming years.
- 1980. After running bad in a number of years set the FDB production at the factory in Tarm. A transition is factory new owner. The company Kvist, v. Arne Kvist, put money into the production and end up completely take over the factory – and hence the production rights and drawings. The production finally closed down, and rights machinery and a number of employees moved to Arne Kvists factory in Årre at Esbjerg.
- 2011. Hay resumes production of several FDB furniture, including Poul M. Volther J110.
- 2013. Coop that FDB has belonged to the since 2001, resumes production of four chairs and a table. J 46 by Poul M. Volther, ‘Kennedy Chair’ or J52 of the Børge Mogensen, J108 by Joergen Bækmark, J67 of Ejvind A. Johansson. Poul M. Volther behind the table.
The famous architects of the FDB furniture
They were created by prominent architects such as eg Børge Mogensen and Poul M. Volther in a simple and sophisticated design for an accessible price, and for years they were extremely popular. Alone Poul M. Volther kitchen chair, a simple stick chair with six pins and a lintel as a backrest, was sold over 850,000 copies.
The furniture suffered a quiet death
With very few exceptions, part of the furniture a quiet death in the years from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s when FDB closed its last furniture store in Nørrebro in Copenhagen. But now respawn more of the furniture, including Poul M. Volther kitchen chair, from the productive years. The furniture we initially chose to produce, sold under the same philosophy as in the time in which they were created: It must be well produced design and quality to ordinary people.
Now the time is ripe to FDB furniture resurrected
“The time is ripe. The furniture fits into the picture in time, we have just now that over a long period has been a resurgence of design, especially from the 1950s and subsequent decades, “said Ole Kiehl. From the end of August, five revived FDB classics – four chairs and a table in three sizes – find their way to the Danish SuperBrugsen stores and Coop’s website where they will be within the price range from 999 kroner for Poul Volther kitchen chair to 6,500 crowns of the main board.