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Danish Deluxe history

I often get asked about the origins of Australian domestic furniture designs and even researching on Google it’s really hard to find out much information on Danish Deluxe. Fler are very well documented with plenty of information about Fred Lowen particularly and Parker seems to have had a resurgence since their designs have been remanufactured. So far all I can find on Danish Deluxe are that they were based in Huntingdale Victoria until they closed in the 1990s and were started by three people named Borg Gjorstvang, Neville Askanasy and John Westcott. Their signage was still up a couple of years ago I noticed but I imagine that it’s been redeveloped into housing now due to a strong property market in the area. The company started in the mid to late 1950s and their early designs were slightly clunky and seem to have a certain clunky utilitarian feel using blonde veneers to produce dining and lounge furniture mostly. They see to have licensed designs from some Danish companies and possibly taken advantage of some lax copyright loopholes that allowed designs that were patented in Europe and America but not worldwide to be copied with out infringing. Arguably their nicest chair was a copy of a Hans Wegner chair that they used as a carver in their ┬ádining suites of the 1960s. It is very slightly altered from the original but in local blackwood or asian teak remains beautiful today, I haven’t been able to say one way or another that it was officially licensed or stolen. The matching chair has been attributed to Borg Gjorstvang and is a very nice refined chair with subtle details in a 1960s catalogue they are refer to as “the” dining suite which is a reference to the Wegner design which is know as “The Chair”. They also did a more avant garde dining chair at the same time with a more severe rake to the legs and a block at the top of the back panel. The buffet that we have in our sold list that we have had several of is referred to as the “subtle buffet”. They also made a chair loosely based on a series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen but with an upholstered top and a non laminated timber base, it was know as the Joffa. The Kilta chair was a licensed design from Scandinavia and they used it for a long time including as an office chair or commercial reception chair with or without arms. We sell a lot of the Inga range which is extremely popular and that range had several variations including low back mid heigh and high back chairs and a daybed. Let me know if you have any info I can add and I will try to get more time to add to the list of makers/ designers.