Ib Kofod-Larsen was an acclaimed Danish designer with great recognition worldwide as his name and furniture designs reached far beyond his home country.
Kofod-Larsen was trained as a cabinetmaker with the highest honours in 1944, and later completed his education as an architect from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1948. Throughout his career, Ib Kofod-Larsen worked with seating positions, construction, upholstery and bentwood shells. Due to his experimental approach to furniture, Dansk Glasfiber Industri hired him in 1953 to cooperate in developing heat-hardened polyester as part of the design of new furniture types. He focused mainly on furniture, but also designed radio and television cabinets, silver, glass, fabrics, textiles, curtains, wallpaper and industrial design.
Ib Kofod-Larsen belongs to the same period of Danish furniture design as several of the country's most notable designers, and was especially inspired by the approach of Scandinavian Modernism characterized by an elegant, organic and sculptural style. Amongst the most distinctive examples of Ib Kofod-Larsen's furniture designs are The Seal and The Penguin manufactured by Brdr. Petersen.