Børge Mogensen Set of Four '3238' Armchairs in Oak and Cognac Leather For Sale
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Børge Mogensen Set of Four '3238' Armchairs in Oak and Cognac Leather


Børge Mogensen for Fredericia Stolefabrik, set of 4 armchairs model 3238, in oak and leather, Denmark, 1964. Set of four armchairs in solid oak. These chairs remind of the classical foldable 'director-chairs', yet this design by Danish designer Børge Mogensen (1914-1972) is from a more sturdy character. Almost as a trademark of Mogensen these chairs are executed in solid oak, with seating and back from thick cognac saddle leather. The lines and forms are simple, yet with the right amount of tension. The wide armrests, wood-joints and cross-connections are nice details to these dining chairs. The cognac leather is in good condition. The buckles and straps on the back give the saddle leather and even more sturdy appearance. An all-over patina is visible on the natural leather. With spots, scratches and traces, which makes every chair to the unique piece it is today.


  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 31.89 in. x W 25.6 in. x D 19.1 in.H 81 cm x W 65 cm x D 48.5 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.13 in. (43.5 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
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About Børge Mogensen (Designer)

Among the great mid-20th century Danish furniture designers, Børge Mogensen distinguished himself with his faith to traditional values of craftsmanship and honesty of materials. While peers such as Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen designed some of the most striking and now iconic furnishings of the era, Mogensen focused on making pieces that were simple, durable and comfortable — and in the long run perhaps more useful and better loved.

     Mogensen studied under and later worked for Kaare Klint, a master cabinetmaker whose chief tenets were quality of construction and simplicity of line. Klint was a classicist, who believed that furniture forms should evolve from those of historical models. So, too, in his way was Mogensen, as two of his best-known earlier pieces attest. His 1945 “Spokeback Sofa,” with hinged arms that can be lowered to facilitate lounging, is a reinterpretation of the venerable Knole settee. With the oval silhouette of its plywood backrest and waterdrop-shaped cutouts, Mogenson’s “Shell chair,” designed in 1949, can be seen as a novel take on early 19th century Empire side chairs.

     Yet Mogensen shared the aesthetical sensibilities of his most forward-looking colleagues. His cabinets deploy the same spare geometries and lushly figured woods as those of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his disciple Florence Knoll, the chief difference being that Mies and Knoll used chrome steel for the frames and legs of their pieces. The brawny oak frames and slung leather seats and backrests of Mogensen’s “Hunting chair” (1950) and “Spanish chair” (1959) display the same hefty construction and appreciation of natural materials seen in the work of Charlotte Perriand and Sergio Rodrigues. As you will see from the furnishings on these pages, Børge Mogensen designed for function more than sculptural effect. While his chairs may not be the first pieces in a décor to draw the eye, they are often the first to draw in those looking for a comfortable seat.

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