Rud Thygesen & Johnny Sørensen
Rud Thygesen (1932) and Johnny Sørensen (1944) both graduated from the Danish School of Arts, Crafts and Design in 1966. That same year they opened their own design studio.
When the Danish King Frederik IX shook hands with Thygesen and Sørensen in 1970 in thanks for their 70th birthday gift, it launched a new era in the lives of the two young furniture designers. Until then, they had only just managed to eke out a living from their design studio, a lifelong dream, but following the royal handshake and photos in illustrated weeklies, their exclusive furniture collections attracted everyone’s attention, and the fairytale about the “King’s Furniture” unfolded.
While still at school, they established a collaboration with furniture manufacturer Magnus Olesen. which continues to this day. Their designs and collaboration have had a significant impact on the development of furniture in laminated and moulded wood (and area they focus a considerable amount of time on) resulting in a string of highly regarded and very successful furniture designs. They have also designed tubular steel furniture and worked with the design of textiles and lighting.
Their work is exhibited by: The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Museum of Art and Design, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, National Museum of Decorative Arts in Norway, Staatliches Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Cologne, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Art Gallery and Museum, The Royal Pavillon in Brighton and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.