Teak Week: Grete Jalk’s Coffee Table

March 6th, 2009

Today we’re featuring Grete Jalk’s Surfboard coffee table, Hooray! (Teak Week was becoming too much of a Boy’s Club).  Combining all the best qualities of Danish design, it’s a familiar shape that can be found throughout vintage shops and boutiques. If you were wondering what a lot of these models were fashioned after, this is the table. It has beautiful tapered legs and an ingenious magazine rack, which frees up space on the top of the table. We’re happy to say these tables are still attainable and their prices haven’t gone through the roof like we’ve seen from other Danish designers.


There seems to be a resurgence in Grete Jalk’s work recently, but it took long enough! The introduction to the Surfboard table in the 60s wasn’t necesarrily the tremendous hit across the pond, as it was for the likes of Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl. Although she was hailed by her peers for her designs of living spaces, Jalk’s claim to fame came later with the Molded Plywood Lounge chair, designed in 1963, it was a completley orginal design and took molded wood efforts to a new level.

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