b. Copenhagen, Denmark, 1907
Lesser known than his Danish Modern counterparts, Viggo Boesen trained as an architect in Denmark and introduced the “Funkis-style”, a concept which became popular with a wider audience. Together with Finn Juhl he furnished the first apartment on “Sortedamsdosseringen” in Copenhagen, where his easy chair made of rattan was displayed in the living room. From his workshop he designed a number of pieces of rattan and upholstery furniture, which were constructed according to his philosophy.
Boesen designed a number of pieces of modernist wicker furniture, which were based on the strength and durability of rattan. According to Boesen, furniture should have an organic flow and embrace the body smoothly and tenderly. It should be a delight to the eye, but also be solid and durable. Boesen's Fox Lounge Chair won the design competition that the Danish Wicker-Maker Guild held in 1936. His inspiring, imaginative designs made him unique, and put him among the designers of the Danish Golden Age.