Niels Otto Møller

DENMARK (1922–1988)

In 1944, Niels Otto Møller founded J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik in Denmark, a company that has received many awards, including the Danish Furniture Prize in 1974 and 1981. “My father never compromised on anything,” says Niels’ son Jørgen Henrik Møller. “When he designed a chair, he would find the materials and then design the furniture. Each design took him five years to complete.” This work ethic is why the Møller collection is relatively small for a company that’s been around for more than 70 years, but that’s what makes Møller so special.

“Clean, simple designs and the quality of materials and workmanship are why Nordic design is timeless,” says Jørgen. “It’s because of these materials and skills that Møller chairs are passed down from one generation to the next.”

In the 1960s, Niels’ sons Jørgen and Jens Ole Møller completed their cabinetmaking training and joined the company. Ten years later, they began exporting to Japan, which remains one of the company’s biggest markets due to the simplicity and quality of the design and craftsmanship.

When J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik received the Dansk MøbelIndustri’s Furniture Prize in 1981, the judging jury explained that it was for the company’s ability to “combine the best craft traditions with modern furniture manufacture. The company has always obstinately held firm to its high quality level.”

Today, J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik continues to be a family-run company, with Jørgen Henrik Møller at the helm.

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