Nanna Ditzel – first lady of danish furniture

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Danish furniture by Nanna Ditzel
Stunning Nanna Ditzel rosewood desk


An exquisite example of Nanna Ditzel design for Soren Willasden we have lovingly restored. A very rare 4 drawer rosewood version of her highly acclaimed desk, of which only 30 were ever made. It has typically well thought out lines and curves, even the draw handles have stunning detail. There are 2 lockable drawers and ample leg room with this stunning piece of danish furniture.


Born in Denmark in 1923, Nanna Ditzel was famously known as “the first lady of danish furniture design”. She was a highly skilled Danish cabinet maker in what was at the time a very male dominated industry. She went on to graduate in furniture design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1946. It was there she met her first husband Jorgen Ditzel who joined her in setting up their first studio straight after graduating. Little did they know they would become a powerhouse of contemporary and art based danish furniture design we love today.

Nanna grew up in the art deco period, so it is fair to assume that she would have been influenced to some extent (as were many 60s designers) by bold curves and lines. It’s often the case that mid century furniture fans also love art deco.  We are a classic example of that with some lovely art deco lamps and artwork at home! The wonderful geometric and curved shapes sit perfectly with mid century furniture.

The design and build from this era was not only groundbreaking in terms of materials and forms, but it was bestowed the gift of longevity. The sheer quality of design from the Danish  / Scandinavian mid century furniture makers also provided inspiration to the higher quality British manufacturers such as G Plan, AH McIntosh and Jentique. They totally ran with the batton utilising stunning curves and lines favoured by their Danish counterparts.