Both a designer and a manufacturer, Aksel Kjersgaard created and produced furniture at the height of the Danish mid-century modern movement.
In 1952, after working and traveling through Europe and Morocco, Kjersgaard returned to Denmark and established his eponymous production company. In 1955 Aksel Kjersgaard A/S began producing cabinets , dressers , consoles , and sideboards — carrying all the hallmarks of Danish Modernism—in woods with beautiful grains such as rosewood and teak; and featuring clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic.
Kjersgaard collaborated with iconic Danish designer Kai Kristiansen in the 1950s and ‘60s, and Ebbe Gehl and Søren Nissen from 1970, both of whom had previously worked for in Copenhagen. Although there are few production dates or model names available, Kjersgaard’s works are stamped and/or numbered, making them easy to identify and desirable on the vintage market. In fact, many pieces are stamped “Odder”, which is an indication of provenance not production (despite many incorrect attributions): Kjergaard designs were (and continue to be) produced in the Danish municipality of Odder.
As both as designer and a manufacturer, Kjersgaard’s contribution to the Danish (and Scandinavian) design history is undoubtedly important. Today, Aksel Kjersgaard A/S is run by his son and continues to produce furniture under the name Naver Collection.