THE ARCHITECT MAA STEEN ØSTERGAARD (1935 - )

Steen Østergaard
DK: Steen Østergaard er udlært snedker og billedskærer med bronzemedalje 1957. Fik afgang fra Kunsthåndværkerskolen i 1960 med højeste udmærkelse. Var herefter officer i hæren indtil 1962. Som uddannet arkitekt har SØ været beskæftiget ved Finn Juhl´s tegnestue 1962-1966 og blev herefter chefdesigner og udvikler hos Cado, France & Søn og siden ved Abstracta 1970-1975. Efter 1979 -1981 hos Wiltax som tæppedesigner, har SØ siden arbejdet som selvstændig arkitekt med kontorer i England, Tyskland og Frankrig, hvor han nu har haft fast bopæl i mere end 25 år i byen Nice.
SØ var den første til at opfinde og designe en stor lænestol i ét stykke af sprøjtestøbt plast og han har modtaget et utal af kendte priser i mange lande. Én af de tilfredse kunder i 70´erne - raketbasen Cape Canaveral i Florida - købte nogle stykker af den sprøjtestøbte stol nr. 265, der blev boltet fast til gulvet, så de ikke flyttede sig, når raketterne blev skudt af. Statsfængslet San Quintin købte flere plaststole nr. 290, fordi netop denne stol ikke kunne bruges som et våben, var rengøringsvenlig og komfortabel. Desuden har SØ´s designs været udstillet på alverdens udstillinger og på museer. Herunder på MOMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York). SØ designs er kendte og skattede langt uden for Danmarks grænser og hans særegne møbeldesigns indbringer fortsat høje priser i de kendte auktionshuse. SØ tegnede sin Lounge-Chair tilbage i 1964 i en alder af  29 år og stolen har siden været meget efterspurgt. På mange måder en vanskelig stol at producere og den har nu fået sin relancering ved JV Holding. SØ er fortsat aktiv som arkitekt. Både med relanceringer og med helt nye møbeldesigns.

GB: Steen Oestergaard is educated as a cabinetmaker and imagery carver with bronze medal 1957. SØ graduated from the School of Arts and Crafts in 1960 with highest marks. Was officer in the Royal Danish Army 1960-1962. As an educated architect SØ has been working for the famous Danish architect Finn Juhl 1962-1966, followed by a postion as the chief designer by Poul Cadovius (Cado), France & Son and Abstracta 1970-1975. SØ worked afterwards by Wiltax as a carpet designer 1979 -1981, when he founded his own design company. He has ever since had offices in England, Germany and in France, where he has been living in Nice for more than 25 years.
SØ was the first to invent and to design a recliner in one piece, made of injectionmoulded plastic and he has received numerous prizes in many countries. One of the satisfied customers back in 1970 - the rocketbase Cape Canaveral - bought a few pieces of the injectionmoulded chair no. 265, which were fixed to the floor, so they did not move, when the rockets were fired. The federal state prison of San Quintin bought selveral numbers of plastic chair No. 265, because this specific chair was not usable as a weapon, it was comfortable and easy to clean. His designs have been exhibited in many exhibitions and museums, hereunder at MOMA (Museum of modern Art, New York). SØ´s designs are recognized and appreciated in far countries and his unique furniture designs are still sold at high prices by the famous auctions. SØ designed his Lounge-Chair back in 1964 at age 29 years and ever since this chair has been very much in demand. In many ways a very difficult chair to manufacture and it has now got its reintroduction by JV Holding. SØ is still active as an architect, making new furniture designs as well as reintroductions of his many designs.