Ole Wanscher turned to the classic forms and reinvented them for modern times and means. Wanscher came to study of furniture design on trips through Egypt and Europe with his father, who was researching the history of fine arts. In addition to Egyptian furniture, Wanscher was heavily inspired by English period furniture.
Words like delicate, elegant and orderly come to mind when describing his designs. Wanscher was a student of Kaare Klint, and later followed in his footsteps as Professor at the Furniture School at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. Like Klint, he was inspired by classical furniture, and he possessed a great interest in and knowledge about, not only English 18th century furniture, but also early Egyptian furniture. This influence is evident in “the Egyptian Stool” from 1960, a slight, delicate piece where luxurious materials and excellent craftsmanship is combined.
Although Ole Wanscher took great interest in industrially made furniture and designed several pieces with this in mind, his finest work was made in collaboration with master cabinetmaker A. J. Iversen.