Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen’s expressive and sculptural Contour Chair has been relaunched for the modern age, and will be added to Carl Hansen & Son stores, including those in the Gulf.
The lounge chair was first exhibited back in 1949 at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Furniture Exhibition – a year that Carl Hansen & Son admits was an “important one” for the Danish designer.
It marked a change in direction for Mogensen, who took a break from solid wood to experiment with form-pressed veneer – a material that opened up opportunities for more experimental styles.
The chair was only ever manufactured in small numbers, but now Danish furniture giant Carl Hansen & Son, which has one store in Bahrain and two in the UAE, is putting the Contour Chair back into production at its factory on the island of Funen, Denmark.
“The relaunch of the Contour Chair coincides with the current trend for sculptural lounge chairs,” Carl Hansen & Son’s CEO, Knud Erik Hansen, said.
“At the same time, the chair has an iconic and timeless design that chimes well with both modern and classic interiors. We are therefore proud to present a unique piece of signature furniture to a new generation – created by a furniture designer known for his very personal and distinctive style.”
Made from oak, walnut, or a combination of the two with different finishes, the chairs have a leather or fabric upholstered seat, with mortise and tenon joints completed with wedges in contrasting tones.
It has a solid wood frame with angular legs and a backward-sloping veneer seat.
The chair is a true testament to the craftsmanship at the heart of Mogensen’s design legacy.