The Canvas Chair exemplifies Børge Mogensen’s talent for functionally-driven designs with a focus on simple, structural forms that capture the essence of an idea. With nothing to add or subtract.
Drawing on his preference for natural materials, Mogensen used flat canvas as the seat and back suspended between round pieces of wood, together with his trademark use of horizontal and vertical lines for the frame. The result is contrast and an uncanny sense of balance.
Although it was designed in 1970 as a reaction to flashy furniture from the 1960s, The Canvas Chair takes on even more relevance today, given its earthy informality and honest materials. Boasting an unadorned authenticity which modern audiences find especially appealing.
Prime European oak and linen canvas are both available in black or natural coloured versions, with an optional loose seating cushion in canvas or leather.
One of the last pieces Mogensen designed before his untimely death in 1972, The Canvas Chair has remained in our archives ever since – until now. Whether in a hotel, lounge, retail space or private home, it’s a statement piece with a strong presence.
Dimensions W74 x D65,5 x H76 cm – Seat height 41,5 cm
Frame solid oak, soaped, oiled or black lacquered
Seat linen canvas + optional canvas or leather cushion
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.