Kurt Østervig (1912 - 1986)
Like many Danish pioneering furniture designers, Kurt Østervig started his career in a different industry. He began his work life at Odense Steel Shipyard (Odense Stälskibværft) as a ship building engineer.
Ship building engineering led to his employment with one of the leading furniture producers during the 1930s and 1940s. He became a furniture designer at E. Knudsen's Design Studio, Odense.
In 1947 he became a freelance furniture designer, and opened his own studio.
He developed all types of modern furniture and worked with many of the leading Scandinavian furniture factories. He took on an unending variety of new challenges throughout his career, which resulted in finding solutions to many original designs for specialised furniture used in ships, hotels, cinemas and rest homes.
Kurt Østervig's favourite material was oak, which he often used in combination with leather. His unusually detailed and perfectly executed working drawings have been looked upon as works of art.
His success lead to one of his designs being exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
His designs are still in current production.
Today his designs are produced by Tranekær Furniture who have taken control of the production of designs previously manufactured by the company K.P.Jørgensen.