Poul Hundevad folding bar cart for Vamdrup. This early Scandinavian teak gem is a rare piece by noted designer Poul Hundevad. The lower level features a woven cane shelf. The oval tray has an elevated lip surrounding the perimeter. The cart is completely original and exhibits a rich dark patina that can only be garnered by age.
poul Hundevad was born in Vamdrup, Denmark in 1917. He trained as a carpenter and, for a time, owned his own cabinetmaking shop and furniture factory. In 1960, he began production of his most famous work, the Guldhøj chair. The design was a direct copy of a folding chair found in a burial mound in Vamdrup that dated back to the Scandinavian Bronze Age. It was the oldest preserved piece of furniture in Scandinavia.
Hundevad measured the original chair, streamlined the design, and put it into production, using four different types of wood and leather seating in light and dark shades. The chair was an immediate success and was sold around the world. According to some sources, it continued to be produced into the early 2000s. As a trained cabinetmaker, Hundevad made more than just folding chairs. He was also recognized for his dining chairs, tray carts, sideboards, and bookcases.
Like his contemporaries, he was an expert craftsman. Bradley Quinn notes in Scandinavian Style that this legacy dates back to the Vikings who were “world leaders” in their ingenious methods of tooling wood; techniques that enabled them to “transform several separate pieces into a single entity.” Danish designers of the mid-century were particularly well known for their exceptional joining techniques as seen in this Poul Hundevad Folding Bar Cart.