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Carl Hansen & Son Reintroduces Børge Mogensen’s Huntsman ChairSunday 10 February 2019
Carl Hansen & Son Reintroduces Børge Mogensen’s Huntsman Chair ⇒ Carl Hansen & Son is reintroducing Børge Mogensen’s Huntsman Chair – to complement the Hunting Table, presented last year as part of Mogensen’s admission to the Danish furniture manufacturer’s extensive portfolio of legendary Danish designers. The rugged elegance of the Huntsman Chair, which helped to define Mogensen’s distinctive style, works in many contexts – even as an attractive lounge chair in its own right. CovetED brings you a bit more about this amazing interior design piece.
Børge Mogensen’s designs are renowned for their subtlety, with an emphasis on strong structures and high-quality materials. The Huntsman Chair, which Mogensen designed for 1950’s Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition in line with its ‘hunting cabin’ theme, is no exception. The chair remained a showpiece until this year when Carl Hansen & Son is adding it to their collection of furniture classics.
“It is natural to focus on this great design created by Mogensen in his golden era. The chair has a quality that makes it highly relevant to the Danish design narrative, and it also complements the elegant Hunting Table perfectly,” says Carl Hansen & Son CEO Knud Erik Hansen. “Børge Mogensen’s aim was to create people-centred design that would last for generations. The Huntsman Chair is a classic example of this.”
The Huntsman Chair, with its refined strength, became representative of Danish furniture design and the era known today as Danish Modern due to its simple form and organic materials. The chair was originally made of smoked oak and saddle leather – two of Børge Mogensen’s preferred materials. Saddle leather was a new material at that point in Mogensen’s career and it made its mark, leading to a more robust expression in his designs.
Like the Hunting Table, the Huntsman Chair was originally designed for a specific environment – the hunting cabin – and yet both pieces have an inviting elegance, due in part to their angled legs and slender design, which lend them a lightness of form. Designed to fit under a dining table, the Huntsman Chair is relatively low with organically shaped armrests, so it works well as both a dining chair and a lounge chair.
The design is a testament to Mogensen’s training under the great master of Danish design — Kaare Klint. Although Mogensen developed his own design expression with an emphasis on an informal interior design culture, he was greatly inspired by Kaare Klint’s focus on human proportions, and the idea that a good piece of furniture must radiate visual tranquillity, as well as practical function.
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