designer and inventor. Born in Roskilde, Denmark, in
1932. With the aim of becoming a graphic designer, Thor-Larsen
underwent a 4-year apprenticeship which was concluded
with a qualifying piece of work for membership of a
guild as a journeyman. He got maximum marks. After a
few years' practice in Denmark, he worked in Norway
and Switzerland. It was 1956.
Thor-Larsen designed and built a very well-received
sports and racing car in plastic on a Porsche chassis
was discovered by Saab and was asked to design the seats
for the company's new product, the slightly more sporty
model Sonett. His interest then turned increasingly
to industrial design and it was not a big step from
car seats to easy chairst.