Børge Mogensen (1914-1972)

Model 2226 ‘Spanish Chair’ designed 1958

Oak frame and Butt leather. Manufactured by Fredericia, Denmark 1970s

Børge Mogensen, was a Danish furniture designer. He was one of the most important among a generation of furniture designers who made the concept of “Danish Modern” known throughout the world. His designs helped introduce the benefits of modernism and modernist aesthetics to a wider public.

Mogensen appeased sceptics with his classical designs, but also, from the beginning of his career, subtly incorporated new ideas into his revisitation of traditional forms.

The Spanish Chair is Borge Mogensen’s interpretation of a traditional type of chair often found in areas influenced by ancient Islamic culture – from Andalusia to northern India. Mogensen drew inspiration from a trip to Spain in 1958. He modernised the shape, 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 butt leather gives a strong, rustic appearance.