A tale of 2 nests of tables , Dalescraft versus Poul Hundevad
Amazingly we bought both these lovely teak nests within a few days of each other ! One by Dalescraft a small quality British maker , the other marked Made in Denmark and probably designed by Poul Hundevad . Both needed a light clean and oil after some 50 years of use . The Danish ones cost us slightly more than the Dalescraft ones as they would have done when new in the early to mid 1960s .
Both are equally well made using nice quality teak . There is a fraction more shaping to the Danish nest , but otherwise there is little to indicate any real difference in terms of skill in production .
Both Malcolm David Walker of Dalescraft and Poul Hundevad were successful designer makers in that they both designed and ran their respective businesses . In the late 1950s Dalescraft pieces designed by Mr Walker ( known by his second name of David apparently ) have a recogniseable style of their own , but many of their pieces from the early 1960s onwards have many features taken from Danish and Norwegian designs . There is a story that I’ve seen that says that Heals of London approached Dalescraft and asked them to produce good quality Scandinavian style pieces to be retailed at a slightly lower price . I don’t know if it’s true , but it is very likely as G Plan paid Ib Kofod Larsen to come up with a Danish Design range which they launched in 1962 on a similar basis .
Heals certainly retailed Dalescraft furniture as we have had pieces labelled for them , and they were the best known British contemporary furniture store in the 1950s and 1960s selling Scandinavian and British design . However it came about the vast proportion of Dalescraft pieces made in the 1960s have obvious sources in known Danish and Norwegian designs . As well as these nests , you’ll find we have a coffee table that looks very similar to a Greta Jalk design , benches and coffee tables that at first glance to be by Bruksbo of Norway and a sideboard that resembles a Gunni Omann design . Other pieces that we’ve seen are less obviously look a likes , but have detailing that is definitely influenced by various Scandinavian pieces
The Dalescraft nest ( priced at £175 ) sold before it went on the website to a local customer visiting the warehouse . The Danish nest is priced at £250 .
We’ve also uploaded a photo of the Dalescraft Bruksbo style benches , with 2 chests of drawers that were designed to sit on top as well as a matching large coffee table .