A RARE SET OF 4 SWEDISH BLACK LACQUERED CHAIRS, BY KARL HÖRVIK FOR NORDISKA KOMPANIETS
H: 29.75 inches
H: 75.6 cm
Each with a curved molded backrest, above a circular upholstered seat, the outward curving ribbon-form legs headed by cylinders, paint refreshed. Each chair with a metal label: Statsverket NR 57, Statsverket NR 58, Statsverket NR 60, Statsverket NR 61.
Provenance: The Länsresidenset, Umeå, Sweden Private collection, SwedenHörvik was commissioned from 1928-1932 to design an important reception room and its furnishings, executed by Nordiska Kompaniets (NK), for the official residence of the governor of Umeå county. The designer's original sketches for the room, the table and matching chairs still exist. The room was renovated in the 1970s; the original furnishings dispersed and entered private collections. It is likely that this model was only produced for this commission.Swedish Grace Period coincided with the international Art Deco movement. Hörvik, along with other leading designers of the period Carl Malmsten, E. G. Asplund, and Uno Åhren, exhibited at the seminal 1925 Exposition International des arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris. In 1927, Sweden was chosen to be the first European country to exhibit modern design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition included numerous works by Hörvik, along with those by Malmsten and Axel Einar Hjorth. Exhibitions in Detroit and Chicago later that year introduced the new Swedish Grace style to the United States.