SOLD – Sven Ivar Dysthe, “Rock Royal” lounge chair and its ottoman in varnished wood and Scottish fabric, circa 1960


What I like

I like the absolute comfort of this “Rock Royal” lounge chair and its ottoman designed by Sven Ivar Dysthe, enhanced by the possibility of tilting the backrest and lifting the seat of the ottoman. What a pleasure to read or listen to music in this set!

I love the Y-shaped design of the backrest of this seat, the lightness created by the fact that the backrest is not attached to the structure, the elegant design of the slightly hollowed and rounded armrests, the robustness of these cylindrical legs which oppose the lightness of the seat!

What great audacity, with beautiful materials: the warm original fabric plays with the light color of the wood, all in a very 1960s spirit!

Technical description

Sven Ivar Dysthe

“Rock Royal” reclining lounge chair and its ottoman in varnished wood and original red and black Scottish fabric, made up of a structure composed of 4 straight cylindrical legs joined by crosspieces offset 2 by 2, between 2 slightly curved and rounded armrests, the seat block -backrest drawing a Y at the top of the backrest, accommodating a headrest is reclining in 4 positions and can be blocked by a lever. The ottoman uses the same oak structure, the seat being tiltable in 4 positions by a rack. Stamp “12 63 “ on the ottoman ‘s reverse.

Norway, circa 1960.

The fabric of the ottoman has a 1,5 x 2,2 cm stain and a 1 x 1,7 Ssmall tear, the varnish is slightly worn.

Dimensions and weight

Lounge chair: Height: 100 cm – Width: 72 cm – Depth: 76 cm

Ottoman: Height: 41 cm – Width: 54 cm – Depth: 41 cm

Weight: 20kg

Mix & Match

This Sven Ivar Dysthe “Rock Royal” lounge set seduces with its very refined line, the warm colors of its upholstery. Deeply rooted in its period of creation, the 1960s, it will go perfectly with the coffee table by Julien de Covemaeker, alias Juliette Belarti, with its ardently abstract ceramic decor, in blacks and golds. It can also be placed in the same room as the André dining room table by Tobia Scarpa, in glass, chromed metal and brushed metal from the same years.

Of course, this set will be the perfect partner for the Danish living room in waxed oak and beige brown wool by Borge Jensen and Sonner.

We will light up its dull red palette with the intellectual whiteness of Giuseppe Cuoco’s kinetic painting, with the colored flat areas of Daniel de Linière’s Nuit d’Espagne tapestry!

Obviously, this very comfortable set will integrate the interiors of great contemporaries, even Chesterfield sofas!

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To know more

The designer

Sven Ivar Dysthe

Born in 1931 in Oslo, Sven Ivar Dysthe is a Norwegian industrial and furniture designer, who is particularly renowned for his postwar contributions to the Norwegian strain of Scandinavian modern design.

Rare among Norwegian designers of his era, Dysthe studied outside his homeland at London’s Royal College of Arts, the powerhouse institution that has more recently incubated contemporary designers like  Max Lamb,Simon Hasan, James Irvine,  Philippe Malouin, and Studio Glithero’s Sarah van Gameren. Graduating in 1954 with a degree in industrial design—and the rare distinction of a First Class graduate—Dysthe moved around Scandinavia for his initial employment: first, in Copenhagen, at Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard Nielsen’s design firm; then back in Oslo, where in 1956, on assignment for furniture manufacturer Hiorth & Østlyngen, Dysthe produced his beech, teak, and woven seagrass Model 316 Dining Chair, a robust and honest exemplar of where Scandinavian design was moving at the time.

Around the time of tenure with Hiorth & Østlyngen, Dsythe met his future wife, Trinelise Hauan, who had recently graduated from Copenhagen’s School of Interior Design, where she studied under Finn Juhl . Together they established a design studio in 1958 and delved quickly into freelance work, focusing chiefly on industry-adapted models. Among their first and ultimately most iconic designs was the steel and rosewood 1001 Armchair (1959) for Dokka Møbler, which eventually spawned five further iterations of the series. Lasting classics of Norwegian design, emblematic of the best of midcentury modernism, these pieces are further notable for having been heavily featured on the American TV series Mad Men.

In the 1960s—much like other postwar designers including Charles & Ray Eames—Dysthe began experimenting with plastic moulding techniques and new materials like polyurethrane. His experimentation culminated in his first shell chair, the hemispherical Globus for Møre Lenestolfabrikk (1963). Soon after, Dysthe designed what would be his second tour-de-force, the Laminette Chair (1967), which sold more than 800,000 copies and garnered three prestigious awards: the Gold Medal at the 1968 Ljubljana Biennale, a Japanese G-Mark for good design, and the Norwegian Classic Award for Design Excellence.

Sven Ivar Dysthe received the Jacob award in 1989. In 2010, he was appointed a knight of the 1st grade of the Order of the Royal Norwegian St. Olavs. His works have been collected by many venerable institutions, such as tictoria & Albert Museum in London, the National Museum in Stockholm, and the National Museum in Oslo.

The editor

No editor’s mark: but the adjustment mechanisms, as simple as they are functional, the quality of the assemblies and the fact that the backrest is not attached to the armrests denote a good practitioner. Dysthe worked with Dokka Mobler, Fora Form…

A beautiful authentic lounge set at a fair price

This “Rock Royal” lounge set by Sven Ivar Dysthe has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage furniture is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for the 1960s.

Finally, buying vintage furniture preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Weight 20 kg




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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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