Helge Sibast

Background
Sibast Furniture’s story began in 1908 when Peder Olsen Sibast opened a family carpentry business on the island of Funen, Denmark. His son, Helge Sibast was born the same year and in his adolescence, he became Peder’s apprentice, working with wood from the local beech and oak forests and learning his father’s consummate skill in furniture design and craftsmanship.

As the carpentry business grew, Peder’s three children took over the day-to-day running of the company, and in 1943, Helge was appointed as design and production manager of the fast-growing furniture factory – now known as Sibast Furniture.

Philosophy & Approach
Helge Sibast focused on simple and functional design combined with high-quality craftsmanship – continuing the family birthright of expert carpentry. Growing the Sibast Furniture brand through the 1950’s, Helge designed the No.7 and No.8 dining chairs, now icons of Modern Danish design.

The resulting simple, yet functional designs played an essential part in the Modernist design wave of the 1950s and 60s. Sibast Furniture was sold around the world – to Scandinavia, Europe, Japan, Australia and even to the White House.

This legacy of Danish Design continues today through the grandson of Helge, Ditlev Sibast and his wife Anna Sibast. In 2012, this led to the relaunch of the No.8 Chair and revitalising the production of many earlier concepts.

Collaborations
Sibast Furniture’s immense passion for Danish Design and in-depth focus on quality craftsmanship led to a series of collaborations including the renowned designer, Arne Vodder, apprentice of Finn Juhl – the father of Danish Design. Together they designed dining chairs, tables with a focus on architectural line and balance. Hegle Sibast designed the Sibast No.8 chair in 1953, and the chair rapidly became immensely popular.

Learn more about the history of Helge Sibast and his concepts in our recent article.