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First Movers Modern Danish Furniture with ancient Egyptian taste
21 June 2019
First Movers Modern Danish Furniture with ancient Egyptian taste

Dr. Khaled El-Enany Minister of Antiquities   Dr. Rania Al-Mashatte Minister of tourism, and Dr. Ashraf meselhy Ministry of Youth and Sposts visited the exhibition entitled: “The First Movers” at the Bazaar of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir which is organized within the framework of the Egyptian-Danish Dialogue Initiative in collaborate with the Egyptian Museum.

With the attendance of 16 foreign Ambassadors in Cairo.

the exhibition includes 42 replicas of Egyptian furniture from the age of the Pharaohs which has inspired many Danish furniture designers and architects throughout the years.

The exhibition put on show a collection of a table, a chair with four legs and a back, a daybed, a stool and many more pieces.

The replica of the Egyptian furniture is displayed through the hands of Danish cabinetmaker and architect Dan Svarth, who has made more than 100 models in scale 1:5 of all the ancient furniture findings. In this exhibition, you will see 35 of them together with full scale modern Danish furniture.

 Danish cabinetmaker and architect Dan Svarth  said that: “In the exhibition we pay a tribute to these first developers of furniture and their skills in making all these types of furniture.”

Dan Svarth started working on these models in 1985, when he was an associate professor of the furniture department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. As part of his research program the Egyptian furniture from the age of the pharaohs became a way to look at techniques in the making of the furniture and as a study of the craftmanship. In that way, Dan Svarth studied the details and decoration of the furniture, as well as the way the furniture was used in the pharaonic period.

Modern Danish furniture architects and designers looked at the Egyptian furniture to find inspiration and that inspiration is clearly visible in some of the furniture from what is called the ’golden age’ in Danish furniture design.

In this exhibition, you can find the inspiration from the Egyptian furniture makers in pieces by Danish architects Finn Juhl, Bernt Petersen, Ole Wanscher and Ole Gjerløv-Knudse