Grete Jalk | Denmark
Grete Jalk (1920-2006) was trained as a cabinetmaker. Her background is reflected in superbly crafted designs like the GJ Chair, held in the MoMA collection since 1963.
Jalk excelled at designs for unique pieces as well as for entire living environments. One environment was the "self supporting woman's den", illustrating the changing urban and social landscape at the time.
Jalk pursued an impressive list of academic qualifications, starting with studies which she abandoned - law and philosophy. Instead Jalk opted for design at the Drawing and Applied Art School for Women, then an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker and College of Arts and Crafts Furniture School. Later she trained under Kaare Klint, Danish master furniture designer, at the Academy of Fine Arts Furniture School.
She is a respected figure in Danish design history, not least for the awards she received but also for her dedicated effort towards documenting the work of the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild before the institution closed. The result material produced four tomes of published design.