Grete Juel Jalk – the conscience of Danish design


Grete Jack lived from 1920 to 2006.

After being an apprenticed carpenter – she attended the art school’s furniture school until 1946.

From 1953 she had her own studio, where she designed chairs, writing desks, stools and shelves, in addition to wallpapers.

She has participated in several exhibitions in Denmark and abroad.

Grete Jack was inspired by Alvar Aalto and Eames, among others, and experimented with laminated and bent wood.

In 1963 she won the English Furniture Competition Daily Mail International Furniture Competition with her GJ Chair (Photo above).

MoMA in New York bought a copy, which is still part of the museum’s permanent exhibition.

Grete Jalk was called “the conscience of Danish design” – her thoughts and efforts have left a significant impression on the history of Danish design.

One of her works became world-famous – and thus a symbol of her efforts.

See also the reissue of Danish Furniture Art for 40 years – a work by Grete Jalk, considered a Bible for anyone with interest in the golden age of Danish furniture design.

Click here to see a full list of the furniture designed by Grete Jalk.

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