Grete Jalk 1920 – 2006

Grete Jalk (1920-2006) graduated in 1941 from the art and design college for women in Copenhagen (Tegne- og Kunstindustriskolen for Kvinder). She then became an apprentice with master cabinetmaker Karen Margrethe Conradsen (1941-43) and from 1946 attended the School of Arts and Crafts’ furniture school, which she supplemented with studies with Professor Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ furniture school. She exhibited regularly at the Cabinetmaker Guild exhibitions at the Danish Museum of Art and Design and at the Danish Society of Arts and Crafts and Industrial Design’s annual exhibitions. She opened her own design studio in 1953 and from 1950-60 taught at School of Arts and Crafts’ furniture school. She was inspired in her design by Alvar Aalto’s simple furniture and Charles Eames’ furniture in laminated wood.

Grete Jalk developed a range of furniture for cabinetmaker firms and furniture manufacturers, wallpaper and fabric designs, e.g. for Unika Væv, and silverwork for Georg Jensen. Her furniture has made a significant contribution to the international prestige and success enjoyed by Danish design. Several of her furniture collections have also been produced by furniture manufacturers in USA and Finland.

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