When Peter Mahler, CEO of the Danish furniture brand Please Wait to be Seated came across the opportunity to buy a mid-century modern house, it is without exaggeration to state that a dream became reality. The house is situated in Vedbæk, a 20 minute drive from Copenhagen north along the unique road called Strandveien (“the shore road”) with the great Øresund sea view. The house is designed by the renowned Danish architects Jørgen Bo and Vilhelm Wohlert, and was completed on site in 1964. In fact, it was designed in 1959 and presented at an exhibition in Copenhagen as a housing vision and idea for the future. Prior to that the architects Bo and Wohlert had in 1958 completed their commission to design the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located in Humlebæk further north up on Strandveien, and a famous example of Scandinavian mid-century modern architecture.
The style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor plans, with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. Many mid-century houses utilized groundbreaking post and beam architectural design that eliminated bulky support walls in favor of walls seemingly made of glass. The late 50´ and the 60´were a heyday of Danish architecture and design, and Peter Mahler´s house in Vedbæk is one of several famous houses along Strandveien, including the Bellavista housing estate by Arne Jacobsen from 1934 as well.
Photo & text by NYTT ROM, published in NYTT ROM issue 73.