3239: chair: H: 76 cm, D: 42 cm, W: 48 cm, Sh: 44,5 /46 cm
Børge Mogensen was known as the furniture designer who created high-quality furniture at affordable prices for Danish homes. He went on to design some of the most renowned furniture designs of the 1950s and 1960s. An exceptionally productive man, Mogensen’s collection of designs numbers into the thousands. New ideas came to him at any time of the day or night, and were scribbled down on matchboxes, table napkins, creased envelopes, or whatever was at hand. His lifelong mission was to create simple and practical furniture for everyone. Appearance was important, but never at the expense of functionality. He disapproved of colleagues who succumbed to the whims of fashion, ignored functionality or used excessively expensive materials. In the same breath, he defiantly brushed off any criticism for only using wood, his preferred material in all its different embodiments. We cannot say the name Børge Mogensen without also mentioning Andreas Graversen. Designers and manufacturers are always dependent on each other, but in this particular case, Andreas Graversen’s acquisition of what was then Fredericia Stolefabrik in 1955 marked the start of more than just a purely professional partnership. Over the years, the two men developed a strong friendship, fuelled by a common desire to create simple, high-quality furniture with timeless aesthetic appeal. The two men were equally dedicated and passionate, and their partnership was often temperamental, just as any close relationship is. Børge Mogensen was disciplined and dedicated about his work, yet also the life and soul of any party. Børge loved to sit up all night, enjoying the company of good friends, cigars and wine, and his exuberant presence could be overwhelming. Yet no matter how late he stayed up, he was always back in the studio the next day. The chair J39 designed by Børge Mogensen, nicknamed “The People’s Chair” for it’s incredible versatility and appeal for everyone in any environment. 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. 3236 was designed by Børge Mogensen in 1956. It is a lightweight, distinctive chair with an upholstered seat. The chair has a characteristic robust simplicity ideal for daily use. The furniture is a perfect choice for modern dining kitchens calling for beautiful design and high durability.