J39 Chair by Børge Morgensen

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J39 Chair by Børge Morgensen

The J39 Chair was designed in 1947 by Børge Mogensen. J39 is a flexible solid wood masterpiece featuring a hand-woven seat with a natural paper cord. In 1939, just beginning his design career, when Mogensen was a 28-year-old architect, he followed his vision of producing high-quality, practical furniture that could popularise modernist design for the general public.

Mogensen J39 Chair. Designed by Børge Mogensen in 1947.
Mogensen J39 Chair. Designed by Børge Mogensen in 1947.

Danish Modern

Mogensen favoured furniture based on the principles of existing cabinetmakers found in traditional furniture from around the world, adapted without compromising quality for the ease of local production. Mogensen lay the groundwork for what later became known as “Danish Modern” in the 1950s, along with Hans J. Wegner and Finn Juhl. Some of their key pieces have been so popular that they are still offered for sale and have remained in the public consciousness. They are part of Fredericia’s existing range of goods. A symbol that represents Mogensen’s unique close friendship with him.

Mogensen J39 Chair. Designed by Børge Mogensen in 1947.
Mogensen J39 Chair. Designed by Børge Mogensen in 1947.

Although the J39 Chair by Mogensen is reminiscent of Shaker furniture, Mogensen’s personal search for design purity is expressed by its plain language and use of materials. The J39 Chair’s durable yet refined appeal makes it ideal for private and public use. To this day, both modern and antique models of the chair can be used in Denmark and worldwide in public institutions, universities, cafés, restaurants and private homes. SINCE ITS LAUNCH, the J39 Chair has been in continuous production, given its flexibility and appeal to virtually everyone in any setting.


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