Why we love it
In the Spanish Chair, you will see inspiration from two design cultures: the simplicity and clean lines of the Danish, and elements of traditional chairs, such as broad, flat armrests and low height, from areas in Spain influenced by ancient Islamic culture. The natural materials such as solid oak and soft leather give it a masculine appearance, and the chair’s innovation can be seen in designer Borge Mogensen’s leather seat. The straps of the back can be tightened as the leather expands, so the chair will always give you a secure and comfortable perch.
Who designed it
Along with Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen, Mogensen is a master of Danish design. He started his career as a humble cabinetmaker before becoming an architect, and a prolific furniture designer as well, which earned him the title of Head of Furniture Design for the Danish Cooperative Wholesale Society in the 1940s. His designs, influenced by his training as a traditional craftsman, are well known for their strong, simple lines and elegant functionality.
What it inspired
The Spanish chair, designed in 1959, is one of the pioneering pieces of modern Danish design. The impact of its classic, functional shape can be seen in many contemporary designs today. With it, Mogensen proved that there was no need for modern materials, such as metal or plastic, to create an innovative piece of furniture.
The Spanish Chair by Fredericia, $4,922, is available at Danish Design.
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