A truly stunning giant among sideboards. If there’s one thing the Scandinavian modernists nailed, it’s the sideboard. Model HB 20 from Danish designer Johannes Andersen has that combination of lines and luxe that is forever in style. Produced by the German workshop Hans Bech circa 1968, Model HB 20 was a highly successful product at the top end of the retail market—which is no surprise. This low-lying, multi-purpose sideboard epitomizes Scandinavian mid century modern: gorgeous teak, expert craftsmanship, and highly functional design.
While information on designer Johannes Andersen is limited and difficult to verify, it is believed that he was born in 1903 in Aarhus, Denmark, and that he initially apprenticed as a cabinetmaker. He went on to work for many years in a number of workshops before opening his own architectural and furniture workshop in the 1930s. Andersen’s designs span seating, tables, and storage in well-crafted materials, such as rosewood and teak. His career paralleled the midcentury’s growing appreciation for Danish furniture designs, and he attracted international attention—particularly for coffee tables like the highly sculptural Smile Table.
Andersen worked steadily for his own firm—as well as Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian companies such as Trensum, CFC Silkeborg, Bramin, and Uldum Møbelfabrik—until he closed his shop in his eighties. He passed away in 1991.
Condition is super but, if it’s pointed out to you, you’ll be able to see a little previous repair to one of the doors (see photo). It’s the type of thing that isn’t at all easily noticed and certainly doesn’t detract from the stunning overall appearance of this piece.
L241 x D50 x H85cm