There is a soaring interest in Danish Modern worldwide, but when the *Klassisk* vintage furniture boutique opened in the heart of Copenhagen in 1991, there were few followers of crafted hardwood classics.
By Katrine Green
When Thomas Schlosser started working at the vintage furniture boutique *Klassik Moderne Møbelkunst* in 2002 there was still something decidedly whimsical about nurturing an interest for 50-year-old furniture designs. He came from the furniture industry and knew everything there was to know about Danish furniture design, or so he believed.
Things were soon to change and a whole new world open to him. He studied the craft and material of the vintage designs, and as he gained appreciation he soon discovered just how much more there was to learn.
“At a place like *Klassik* you are soon thrown into the thick of things, and with each new client you develop your knowledge. And since many are collectors or people who have already acquired great insights, they also expect the staff to be very knowledgeable too,” Schlosser explains.
Names and rarities
Three years later, when Thomas Schlosser had the opportunity to take over the entire business, including its workshop, he felt ready for the challenge, despite being just 26 years of age. The concept didn’t need changing *per se*, and things were working just fine, but the business needed shaking up a little, and Thomas needed to make his mark.
“As Denmark’s largest specialist dealer in vintage modern furniture, names such as Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl, Hans J. Wegner and Poul Kjærholm are naturally well represented, but we also feature handcrafted pieces and designs by lesser-known designers,” Thomas Schlosser says and adds: “The whole idea is to offer everything, from prize industry produced designs to rarer, more exclusive collector’s items.”
Restored with care
Much emphasis is given to the precise identification of the individual items and to keeping them in their original state, although some pieces do undergo complete restoration at the workshop. Most often, according to Schlosser, the furniture that is restored has been in use for half a century and needs a new lease of life. But whenever possible they use the original techniques and materials to retain the soul and heritage of the piece.
“I find it a little boring just to send an email to a supplier and place an order for six identical chairs. When I’m out purchasing items, I visit people in their homes and perhaps fall over something and include the item in the deal. That’s what makes it interesting for me. It’s a sport in itself to source good pieces of furniture,” he concludes.