The Spanish Chair is Børge Mogensen’s masterly interpretation of a traditional type of chair often found in areas influenced by ancient Islamic culture that exprand from Andalusia to northern India.
Mogensen drew inspiration from a trip to Spain in 1958. He modernised the shape, therefore he worked on eliminating the elaborate carvings while retaining the important feature: the broad armrests that give the chair character and provide a practical place to put a glass or cup. The combination of oak and leather gives the Spanish chair a strong and rustic appearance.
Dimensions H67 x W82,5 x D60 cm – seat height 33 cm – weight 12 kg
Structure solid oak – soaped, oiled, smoked oiled, white oiled, clear lacquered, black lacquered
Seat natural saddle leather, Cognac leather or black leather
soaped oak + natural saddle leather
soaped oak + Cognac leather
smoked oiled oak + black leather
black oak + black leather
clear lacquered oak
white oiled oak
smoked oiled oak
black lacquered oak
Børge Mogensen’s (1914-1972) creative process produced long-lasting pieces with humans at the center. He became a highly influential post-war designer and a leading representative of Danish Modern.
Mogensen’s democratic design included simple and functional wooden furniture for both private and public spaces, with calm aesthetics and strong construction from quality materials. He believed in visual clarity and minimal decoration or experimentation, as seen in his classic Hunting Table and Deck Chair Set.
As a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Mogensen was inspired by Kaare Klint’s use of human proportions with visual calm and functionalism. Mogensen, however, also placed emphasis on informal interior décor and the use of modern production facilities.
Mogensen completed his cabinetmaker training in 1934, followed by studies in furniture design. During this period he worked in the studios of Klint and Mogens Koch until he was hired as chief designer for the Danish furniture cooperative FDB in 1942, where he pioneered democratic design.
He began his own design studio in 1950, making modern, useful furniture produced from local, Nordic materials. His inspiration, however came from many cultures and styles, including international modernism, ethnic arts, Japanese carvings, and historic works.
Mogensen also taught furniture design and participated in exhibitions and competitions, such as the 1948, international competition for Low-Cost Furniture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which he entered together with his friend Hans J. Wegner.
He was awarded the Eckersberg Medal in 1950 and won the Danish Furniture Prize in 1971. In 1972 he was awarded the C.F. Hansen Medal and appointed Honorary Royal Designer for Industry at the Royal Society of Arts in London.