As far as Scandinavian furniture design goes, there’s nothing more enduring and appealing than the work of Børge Mogensen. The cornerstone of the “Danish Modern” generation, Mogensen was a true visionary, maintaining a persistent search for perfect and form throughout his career across object and furniture design, which provided us with a wealth of interior classics. Most famously, he introduced the world to The Spanish Chair – a true archetype of modern furniture. Realized in solid wood and saddle leather, Mogensen conceived of this reclined, clunky, broad-framed structure on a trip to Spain in 1958, where he encountered Andalusian influences in furniture – particularly, traditional chairs with wide armrests, which proved a practical resting place for a glass or an ashtray. Presenting the chair in Copenhagen that same year with manufacturer Fredericia, it became an instant success among the Nordic Bourgeouise: so much so that 60 years later, you’ll still find it in any good home in the Nordic region. It’s contrasting elements between solid wood and leather feels more contemporary than ever, and looking around the landscape of contemporary interior design, it’s hard to play down the hype around Les Danois. To mark this victorious contribution to the canon of Danish design, Fredericia recently announced the release of a special edition of the chair featuring leather in an ambient Olive Green – one of Mogensen’s favorite hues, sourced from his archives. A swanky upgrade to a true classic, available only for a short amount of time – what’s not to love?
The Spanish Chair 60th Anniversary Edition: DKK 31.050 / 4.170 EUR
Available from 19. september – 31. december 2018
For more information, see Fredericia