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J39 chair

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  • Description

    The essential Børge Mogensen chair. Nicknamed 'The People's Chair' for its incredible versatility and appeal for everyone in any environment. Designed in 1947.

    It is believed that it was a surplus of wooden pins and dowels in the factory stores that led Børge Mogensen to design J39 in 1947. Perhaps that was a fortunate coincidence, as today it is one of Denmark's most sold wooden chairs, and has been in uninterrupted production ever since it was launched.

    J39 is the obvious choice for everything from canteens to conference halls, churches to private homes, and is popularly known as the People's Chair. This simple, yet unique chair was inspired by Mogensen's mentor, Kaare Klint, as well as American Shaker furniture. The curved backrest and hand-woven seat make the J39 a comfortable dining chair in an aesthetically pleasing quality.

    The subtle design language means that it can be added to an existing interior, or serve as a room's visual hub. J39 has a solid beech or oak frame. It is also available in black, grey or white painted finishes, and seat corded with black or natural paper yarn.

  • Technical Info

    Dimensions: W:48 x D:42 x H:76cm (Seat height: 46cm)

    Seat: Hand-corded with natural or black paper yarn
    Finish: Lacquered oak

  • Designer
    Børge Mogensen

    Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) started his career as a cabinetmaker in 1934. In 1936 he went on to study at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts under Professor Kaare Klint before entering the Royal Academy of Fine Arts from where he graduated as an architect in 1942.

    He became head of design at FDB (the Danish Co-Op) in 1942 before establishing his own design office in 1950.

    During his years at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts the young Mogensen developed a close partnership with his mentor Kaare Klint and subsequently also assumed Klint's approach to simple and functional furniture design. Later on Mogensen was to work as Klint's teaching assistant at the Royal Academy.

    Functional is the word which best describes Børge Mogensen's design. The majority of his furniture was designed with industrial production in mind and is characterized by strong and simple lines. His true genius is to be found in his almost scientific analysis of the functionality of a piece of furniture.

    A smaller but essential part of Mogensen's work was the cabinetmade pieces, one of them being "The Hunting chair" from 1950 made by Erhard Rasmussen. A simple low easy chair with an oak frame from where the strong natural leather seat and back is stretched.

    Other important pieces include "The Spokeback Sofa" designed in 1945, which with its lightness and simple, open construction differed from most sofas at the time, and "The Spanish Chair" from 1959, a low, robust easy chair

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    • Black lacquered oak
    • Oiled Oak
    • Smoked oak
    • Soaped Oak
    • White

    • Black paper cord
    • Natural paper cord

  • Delivery

    8-10 weeks
    Made to order item

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