Pair of Original Borge Mogensen Spanish Chairs Model 226 Leather and Oak For Sale
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Pair of Original Borge Mogensen Spanish Chairs Model 226 Leather and Oak

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This early pair of Model 226 Spanish chairs in original leather by Danish designer Borge Mogensen is executed in solid oak with patinated leather seats. Brass buckles. One of the most iconic Scandinavian 20th Century designs. Original leather from the 1950s. Has expected patination. Conservation treatment has been thoughtfully performed on these chairs. in the few places where the cotton stitching broke or wore out, new cotton stitching was utilized and stained to match. A couple of the straps that had experienced stress cracks over the years from the buckles have been reinforced with saddle leather on the back side of the strap so that it is not visible. Exceptional character and patination to the leather. The leather on one chair has even garnered some initials at some point in its history!

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  • Dimensions
    H 26.5 in. x W 32.25 in. x D 23.75 in.H 67.31 cm x W 81.92 cm x D 60.33 cm
  • Seat Height
    13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Southhampton, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU3384315186002
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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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Walter Attaway

Walter Attaway

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Walter Attaway - The Shop reflects the refined eye and curatorial approach of designer and shopkeeper Walter Attaway. The Shop advocates no singular style, but enjoys a selection of keenly curated furniture, objects, art, and lighting from the 18th Century to present and features a growing range of exceptional bespoke pieces by shopkeeper Walter Attaway. Walter studied interior design and liberal arts at the University of Georgia and received his master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from Christie’s Education in London. His two decades of design experience inform The Shop’s eclectic sampling of traditional antiques, Mid-Century originals, and unique artisanal pieces by designers and artists he admires. While The Shop houses an inspiring mix for fellow designers and enthusiasts of all good design to enjoy, Walter’s online offering at 1stdibs.com focuses on contemporary pieces, including his own collection: /bǝ’spōk/ by WA. /bǝ’spōk/ by WA offers an exclusive range of custom furniture and lighting, drawing on Walter’s expert sense of successful design and proportion to create special pieces for the home. The bespoke collection is handmade in Georgia workshops by a design team of craftsmen using both modern and traditional methods with the finest quality materials and unparalleled attention to detail. Clients may choose to purchase from limited stock or by custom order.

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