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LM92 Metropolitan chair

By Carl Hansen

Regular Price: £2,653.00

Special Price £2,255.05

  • Description

    The Metropolitan Chair earned its name when The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York purchased the chair in 1961.

    On the international design scene, the duo Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen are far less known than designers like Hans J. Wegner. But upon closer inspection of their major work – the Metropolitan Chair – one begins to understand their intuitive sense for world - class design and craftsmanship.

    Carl Hansen & Son relaunched in 2014 the Metropolitan Chair, which Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen first presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild Furniture Exhibition in 1949, a few years after joining forces. The Metropolitan Chair is now available with solid oak or walnut legs and a saddle leather seat and backrest in natural, cognac or black.

    Larsen and Bender Madsen, who trained as furniture upholsterer and cabinetmaker, respectively, met while studying under leading Danish designer Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Together they designed approximately 300 works, of which the Metropolitan Chair is considered their most significant. Originally intended as a conference chair, the Metropolitan Chair went into production in 1950. The design is the result of many intense hours where Larsen and Bender Madsen designed and developed late into the night. The tensioned veneer back was inspired by a lamination technique course Bender Madsen had taken earlier. After a 1961 Danish export campaign, the Metropolitan Museum in New York purchased the chair for its exhibition, The Arts of Denmark. The chair was consequently named the Metropolitan Chair – probably one of the greatest honors a chair can earn. Chase Manhattan Bank also expressed an interest in purchasing 450 of the chairs for their new head office. The chair was previously made primarily of teak, oak, and occasionally cherry wood. A decade after the original version was unveiled, it was supplemented with a saddle leather seat and backrest. The chair is distinguished by its impressive saddle leather upholstery and excellent seating comfort.

  • Technical Info

    Dimensions: W:77.5 x D:56 x H:79.5cm (Seat height: 42.5cm)

    Materials: oak and walnut with various surface treatments and saddle leather upholstery in natural, cognac or black.

  • Designer
    Aksel Bender Madsen

    Aksel Bender Madsen, often known simply as Bender Madsen, (1916–2000) was a Danish furniture designer who worked closely together with Ejner Larsen producing a wide variety of items during the Danish modern period. Born on 16 August 1916 in Ringe on the Danish island of Funen, Madsen was the son of farmer Niels Martin Madsen. After training as a cabinetmaker, he attended the Furniture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1940. Thereafter he worked with architects Kaare Klint and Arne Jacobsen until 1943. From 1942, he designed his own models which he exhibited at the annual Cabinetmakers Guild's exhibitions in Copenhagen. While studying at the Academy, he met Ejner Larsen who became his partner. In 1947, they established a design studio together. The same year, they presented works made by cabinetmaker Willy Beck at the Cabinetmakers Guild's exhibition in Copenhagen where they continued to participate year after year, working with Beck for a total of 25 years. In addition to sculptural chair designs, they also designed living rooms, bedrooms, shelving, dining tables, and office furniture. Their most notable work is the Metropolitan Chair, in bent plywood, which was exhibited in 1949. All their works have a clear, timeless, simple style which continues to please today. In Madsen's own words: "What Ejner Larsen and I have made has always been in line with the principles we learnt from Kaare Klint about what is functional and what is natural. The requirements made set the design." Madsen also taught at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen from 1946 to 1954.

    Ejner Larsen

    Ejner Larsen (1917-1987) was a Danish furniture designer who worked closely together with Aksel Bender Madsen. Son of cabinetmaker Otto Larsen, he was born in Copenhagen on 30 March 1917. After training as a cabinetmaker, he learnt furniture design at the Design School in Copenhagen, qualifying in 1940. Thereafter he worked with furniture designers Mogens Koch, Peter Koch and Palle Suenson. From 1942, he designed his own models which he exhibited at the annual Cabinetmakers Guild's exhibitions in Copenhagen. While studying under Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, he met Aksel Bender Madsen who became his partner. In 1947, they established a design studio together. The same year, they presented works made by cabinetmaker Willy Beck at the Cabinetmakers Guild's exhibition in Copenhagen where they continued to participate year after year. In addition to sculptural chair designs, they also designed living rooms, bedrooms, shelving, dining tables, and office furniture. Their most notable work is the Metropolitan Chair (1949), in bent plywood. All their works have a clear, timeless, simple style which continues to please today.

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    • Black leather
    • Cognac leather
    • Natural leather

    • Oak, clear lacquered
    • Oak, oiled
    • Oak, soaped
    • Oak, white pigmented oil
    • Walnut, clear lacquered
    • Walnut, oiled

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    7-8 weeks
    Made to order item

Regular Price: £2,653.00

Special Price £2,255.05

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