The mid-20th century furniture craze is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, according to The Wall Street Journal, experts say the prices of chairs, tables, and sofas from the late 1940’s through the early 1960’s (and particularly those with Scandinavian roots), have increased dramatically in the past few years, and they show no signs of falling.
For the past year, Danish native and recent Jersey City transplant Lars Noah Balderskilde has been scouring estate sales, village markets, and private collections across Denmark to find high-quality, hand-crafted midcentury furniture. This has led him to create Lanoba Design in July 2016, which focuses on curating authentic pieces that have been crafted during the golden age of midcentury modern design between 1950 and 1975 in Denmark.
Lars personally curates and restores every single piece of furniture using all-natural oils in his Bay Street studio. His pieces are not copies or “inspired by” pieces, but rather 100 percent authentic Danish crafted furniture that is imported to the US directly from Denmark.
Danish design is simple, functional, and sleek, so his pieces are a perfect match for newer apartment buildings, which are on the smaller side and have a lot of corners.
“The quality of Danish design was just brilliant at that time. You can’t compare to the veneer pieces today,” he says. “They will be destroyed in 5 to 10 years. These, even in 60 years, it’s going to be in perfect condition. You just maintain a little bit every year, by oiling once or twice a year, so you keep the color, and you won’t get stains.”
Lanoba Design’s furniture ranges in price from $100 all the way up to $4000. Because of the blending of designers, architects and cabinet makers to create these pieces, Danish furniture was built to last. And due to the style’s immense popularity right now, you are almost guaranteed a return investment in the future.
Lars carries pieces from iconic Danish designers like Hans Wegner, Arne Jakobson, Børge Mogensen and Kai Kristiansen, alongside more traditional mid-range designs. You aren’t just buying a unique work of art, you are buying a piece of history. Lars uses his vast knowledge of Danish history and furniture-making to tell the story of many of his works. Every piece he sells comes complete with the tale of how Lars discovered it, where its previous home was, and a history lesson on its origins.
“It doesn’t feel like work. I’m bringing these pieces back to life. I’m also saving a piece of Danish design history,” he says. That’s a motivation for me, to bring these pieces back. Years ago people were just trashing these pieces and throwing them out, so a lot of the history from this period has been destroyed.”
To see more of Lars’ refurbished works of art go to lanobadesign.com. You can visit his Jersey City warehouse by appointment only.