Through most of the 20th century, Faarup Møbelfabrik (also spelled Fårup Møbelfabrik) was a family-owned furniture manufacturer named for the Danish town where it was based. Little information about the company is currently available, since it merged with the Danish Tvilum-Scanbirk Group in 1989 (which was later acquired by the American Masco Corporation) and, along the way, the original lines ceased production. As the vintage market has recently rediscovered and reappraised Fårup pieces from the 1950s and 1960s, however, more information is coming to light.
The Hallas family founded Fårup Møbelfabrik; some records show that Sigurd Hallas was the founder, and in the 1950s, his sons Johannes and Einar August Hallas took over. Although it is not clear when the company started, it is widely agreed that by the end of the World War II, Fårup Møbelfabrik was one of Denmark’s largest producers of fine wood casegoods—sideboards, desks, cabinets, and shelves—with significant exports abroad, including the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. At a time when the popularity of the Danish modern style was at its peak, Fårup Møbelfabrik pieces were prized for their clean lines, fine craftsmanship, sturdy proportions, and beautiful wood grains.
Faarup Møbelfabrik collaborated with a number of Danish designers in the postwar era, most famously Ib Kofod-Larsen, as well as Svend Åge Larsen, Jørgen Linde, and Kurt Løvig. The rosewood and teak sideboards of Kofod-Larsen are particularly sought-after today, especially the Model FA-66.