Niels Otto Møller

Niels Otto Møller 1920 – 1982.

N.O Møller completed his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker in 1939 and continued his education at the design school in Aahus. In 1944 he founded J.L. Møllers A/S and worked as an independent furniture designer and producer. The company has received many awards including The Danish Furniture Makers’ Award and Prize – 1974 and 1981.

1920 Niels Otto Møller is born.

1939 N.O. Møller completes his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker.

1944 J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik is founded by N.O. Møller in a tiny workshop in the centre of Århus, Denmark.

1946 Developed the first chair – No. 1.

1951 Designed Hostess Table No. 44, Chair No. 71 and Armchair No. 55.
Mollers Chair 71Mollers Chair 55Mollers Serving Trolly 44

1952 Exports to Germany and USA begin.

1954 Designed Chair No. 75 and Armchair No. 56.
Mollers Chair 75Mollers Chair 56

1959 J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik moves to new and bigger premises on L.A. Ringsvej in Højbjerg on the outskirts of Århus. Chair No. 77 and Armchair No. 57 are designed.
Mollers Chair 77Mollers Chair 57

JLM factory1961 J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik buys a 33000m2 plot and builds a 6000m2 factory on Oddervej 202 in Højbjerg.


1962 Designed Chair No. 78 and Armchair No. 62.
Mollers Chair 78Mollers Chair 62

1963 Designed Bench No. 63 and 63A.
Mollers Bench 63

1966 Designs Chair No. 79 and Armchair No. 64.
Mollers Chair 79Mollers Chair 64

1966 N.O. Møller’s son Jens Ole Møller completes his cabinet making training.

1968 Designed Chair No. 80 and Armchair No. 65.
Mollers Chair 80 in Halingdal fabricMollers Chair 65 Halingdal fabric

1969 N.O. Møller’s son Jørgen Henrik Møller completes his cabinet making training.

1970 Designs Chair No. 82.
Mollers Chair 82

1972 The factory expands into a 2500m3 production area.

1973 Rectangular Table JL24B.

1974 Designs Chair No. 83 and Armchair No. 66.

1974 Exports to Japan begin.

1975 Designs Chair No. 408.

1976 Designs Chair No. 84 and Armchair No. 67.

1981 Designs Chair No. 85 and Armchair No. 68.

1981 The company receives the Dansk MøbelIndustri’s Furniture Prize. The citation for the prize mentions J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik’s ability to combine the best craft traditions with modern furniture manufacture. The company has always obstinately held firm to its high quality level.

1982 N.O. Møller passes away. His two sons Jørgen Henrik Møller and Jens Ole Møller carry on the company.