Fredrik Kayser – Scandinavian Design Visionary

Kayser’s Early Life

Fredrik A. Kayser is remembered as one of Norway’s most respected designers. He was born in 1924 in Bergen, Norway. Bergen is currently Norway’s second most populated city and it is a global hub for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum, and subsea technology. The city is also known as a national center for higher education, tourism, and finance. Natives speak a distinctive dialect of Norwegian known as Bergensk. He later graduated from the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry.


Fredrik A. Kayser
Fredrik A. Kayser

Style, Inspiration and Later Life

Kayser was in his prime during the ‘Scandinavian Design’ period of Mid-Century modern furniture, designing furniture for many of Norway’s top manufacturers. Kasyer preferred a look that was upbeat, light, and functionally futuristic. Kasyer was also a highly skilled craftsman in the traditions of Danish furniture design.

He started his own design house business after about 1956 mainly focusing on furniture. Inspired and influenced by contemporary Danish design, his works were widely known for being both sexy yet practical. A few of his works have become classics in Mid-Century modern design, receiving a plethora of awards and paving the way for future Mid-Century modern Scandinavian designers. He died in 1968.


Fredrik Kayser Model 711 Sofa

Model 711 Sofa

The Model 711 is a perfect addition to your home and will brighten up any room during almost any time period. A bold claim backed up by the excellence of Fredrik Kayser’s designs. The Model 711 is meant to fit up to three people comfortably. The Model 711 Sofa features three plush seat cushions and three back cushions that provide stellar comfort and optimal support. This exceptional piece is customizable to accommodate your home’s decor and preferences. Kayser’s most famous sofa is now available in your choice of upholstery type and color. The sofa also reclines to provide optimal comfort on this benchmark of Mid-Century modern furniture excellence.


Fredrik Kayser Model 711 Chair

Model 711 Armchair

This expertly designed Danish armchair features a spacious Mid-Century modern wooden frame with horned armrests that gently slope up to form comfy and attractive armrests. The frames of these chairs are usually made from long-lasting, beautiful cuts of wood, such as bench-crafted solid Ash. The wooden frames support the large, high-density, plush, and stylish foam cushions. The armchair offers slightly reclined seat equipped to go with bottom and back cushions, providing optimal comfort and support for the entire life of your attractive 711 Armchair.

Scandinavian Design Era

When people talk about the Scandinavian design era, they are typically referring to the design movement that emerged in the 1950s in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland. Scandinavian design is known for its minimalistic elegance with light colors, use of fine woods, and crossover functionality. Back then, there was a travelling exhibition known as Design in Scandinavia that showcased similar works throughout the USA and Canada from 1954 through 1957. This brought the North American public closer to Scandinavian Design and was responsible for the boom in interest of Scandinavian style Mid-Century modern design.

Scandinavian design era stemmed from the desire for Scandinavians to improve on the modern designs of their Western European predecessors. From this, the Scandinavians began creating their very own style of Mid-Century modern furniture designs. As earlier stated, Scandinavian pieces focused mainly on simplicity, functionality, and style, creating works with clean lines and appealing aesthetics. Scandinavian designers introduced reinforced plastics to commonly used steel and leather. Wood is very abundant in the northern parts of Scandinavia. Because of this, rare cuts of fine wood would eventually become a staple in their style of furniture design. The Swedish often preferred lightwoods, while Danish and Norwegian designers commonly stuck with deep, dark woods such as mahogany.

The Scandinavian people have long expressed a grounded, earth-based sentiment towards nature, animals, and the environment and still maintain the belief that man, not machine, determines the appearance and functionality of everyday objects. Scandinavian people believe that traditions form our roads to the future of humanity, coupling handwork with machine and using old methods with new materials.

Most design fans are highly aware of the achievements and artwork of Swedish and Danish designers like Verner Panton and Hans J. Wegner. But because Norway has struggled to promote its creative geniuses over the years, fewer people praise the works of Kayser and his fellow Norwegians. Many furniture enthusiasts who favor darker, richer wood in works like Kayser’s are working to change that, with blogs and websites popping up all over the internet to remember and honor some of Norway’s best Mid-Century modern furniture design masters.

Norwegian Designers Continued Influence

The continued influence of expert Scandinavian designers like Kayser can still be seen today in many ways. Scandinavian furniture design has survived and thrived these many years and has been highly popular with its sophisticated yet practical pieces designed by Norway’s experts like Kayser.

Scandinavia has kept up with it stylish yet minimalist traditions to this day and the styles are celebrated by millions of furniture buffs and regular people alike. No land, country or continent in the world today continues to churn out Mid-Century modern works like the Scandinavian countries do. This is a doubtless testimony to the sheer brilliance and utter timelessness of these pieces. Their continued popularity and sales prove time and time again that practicality and functionality come first, with sleekness, style, and grace coming in a close second when it comes to Mid-Century modern furniture design.

It is rather unfortunate how many furniture design enthusiasts today still miss how much of an impact that Norwegian experts like Kayser had on the Scandinavian movement. No matter who is remembered for what, Scandinavian decor as a whole, still incorporates that same modern minimalist style, so contemporary homes furnished worldwide often have Norwegian and Scandinavian design geniuses to thank. If it weren’t for the work of Kayser and his contemporaries, the widely treasured Scandinavian tradition might not have survived intact the way it has for these many years.