Poul Hundevad “Gold Hill” stool

Poul Hundevad designed this folding stool based on one that was found in a grave dating to the 1300s BC in Vamdrup, Denmark.  It is the oldest known piece of Scandinavian furniture.

 

This is part of the label that was glued to the bottom of the original seat.  (Note:  “bronceage” = Bronze Age.)  I always thought that Hundevad’s stool was a stylized version of the original but turns out it is identical except for the way the leather is held in place in the frame.

You can read more about it on Denmark’s Nationalmuseet site.

 

This particular stool’s original leather seat was very dried out and had torn down the middle.  I didn’t get a photo of it before I took it apart but here’s a bit of the leather.

 

I cut a new seat of some beautiful cognac-colored leather with a waxy, pebbled finish.  These doweled slot joints are Hundevad’s design, or maybe he got the idea from another old piece.  Ingenious!

 

The stool is available at Home Anthology in Catonsville, MD.

 

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4 Responses to Poul Hundevad “Gold Hill” stool

  1. Ryta Kunciunas says:

    Hi I have one of these stools that my father bought many years ago. Do you know what it’s value is?

    • MCR says:

      I don’t keep track of value but you can search online auction results to see what these have sold for. Or consult someone who does appraisals.

  2. Tracy says:

    This is beautiful. Can you show or explain how the leather wraps over the dowels?
    Thanks.

    • MCR says:

      I don’t have any photos of the tabs and the stool sold long ago, but it’s easy enough to describe. The sides of the seat have long tabs that are folded over and fastened down to form a casing (I stitched these by hand but the original seat had rivets, I think). Each casing is then pushed through a slot in the wood frame and a dowel inserted through the casing. This keeps it from slipping out of the slot. It’s very simple.

      There are a bunch of Danish lounge chairs that use this system to anchor elastic webbing on the seats. It’s quite elegant.

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