Design of the Day: "Model 82" chairs by Niels Møller

 Last week I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon in Boulder with architect Keira Ritter. Keira recently completed a remarkable remodel of a north Boulder home, and took me on a personal tour. The house is fabulous — so open and bright — and one of my favorite spaces is the dining room, pictured here. I love a good chair, and I couldn’t wait to learn more about these dining chairs, which the homeowners found (along with the dining table; all are from an estate sale) at The Amazing Garage Sale in Boulder.


Keira did some investigating for me, and discovered that the vintage Mid-Century Modern dining chairs were designed by Niels Møller for J.L. Møller, and are called “Model 82.” This particular set is made from rosewood; the seats are leather. (I just checked The Amazing Garage Sale site and there’s another great Møller set coming soon — check it out here!)


“The [dining room] space is modest in size and required a rectangular table with chairs of a modest proportion,” Keira explains. “The homeowners already owned some lovely mid-century pieces, so when they discovered the Møller set (and immediately fell in love) they knew it would fit the space perfectly, both stylistically and functionally. 

“The classic Danish design of the Møller chairs offers organic forms with a gentle curvature that compliments the clean lines we’ve established in the home. I love to play with an industrial aesthetic that is fused with organic forms, colors, materials and textures to create a unique, contemporary, and warm space. The entire remodel embodies this particular philosophy, and the Møller chairs really are the icing on the cake.”

To see more of Keira’s work, visit

A bit about the designer: Danish designer and cabinetmaker Niels O. Møller (1920 – 1982) was a strong representative of Danish post-war furniture design, and is known for his elegant furniture in teak and rosewood. Møller founded the funiture factory J.L. Møller Møbelfabrik in Århus, Denmark, in 1944. All of his designs were produced by J.L. Møller. The company is still active and owned by the Møller family. For more, visit


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