When Birgitte von Halling-Koch was 15 years old, a special delivery from Vitra arrived at her childhood home in Copenhagen: an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. That was back in 1958, and it was one of the first Lounge Chairs in Scandinavia– if not the very first. A decade or so later, the family took the armchair from Denmark to their summer home in Sweden. Today Birgitte, her sister, brother and all the children and grandchildren share this house, which is where we met Birgitte.
Today Birgitte and her siblings are the owners of the Halling-Koch Design Center founded by their father. When not in Copenhagen, Birgitte also spends time working at the summer home in Sweden. Here, the Lounge Chair occupies a prominent place in front of the window, with a view of a lake dotted by many small islands. Over the decades, the black leather of the chair has developed fine creases and veins, and the palisander shells have taken on a lighter shade – changes that are characteristic of natural materials and lend furnishings a patina that reveals their unique history.