Nanna Ditzel was born (1923) in Copenhagen during a time when the design industry was heavily dominated by men. She trained as a cabinet maker and eventually went on to further her education at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, The School of Design. She became multi-talented in the fields of furniture making, design, textiles, jewelry and ceramics. One of her iconic designs, still in production today, is the Hallingdal textile.
Ditzel's furniture designs first spoke to me, unknowingly as a child. I can remember being a kid and thinking that the egg chair was absolutely the coolest thing I could ever sit in. As an adult I would promptly furnish my home with them, you know, because I was supposed to be rich by now (as my child-self thought). Well, no egg chair yet, but definitely a more genuine appreciation for Ditzel's work. Truly an innovator for functional design. Yes, I'll take one of each.
Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005) was dubbed the "First Lady of Danish Furniture Design" by the Scandinavian Furniture Fair. (here)