What’s new: Fredericia’s J39 Mogensen chair

Happy birthday, J39 Mogensen! The star of the show celebrates its 75th anniversary with a new version, inspired by the original 1947 design.

J39 chair, 75th anniversary edition
The J39 chair has been delighting its users for over 75 years.

J39 MOGENSEN is a classic piece of Danish design, adored both at home and abroad. Designed by Børge Mogensen, one of Denmark's greatest furniture designers, the iconic chair is now celebrating its 75th birthday.

J39 chair, 75th anniversary edition
The original J39 chair was designed by Børge Mogensen in 1947.
Details of the J39 chair
The chair, which is a skillful combination of two different natural materials, is popular both at home and abroad.

The J39 chair has become known for its creative combination of two different natural materials: a sturdy, solid wood frame meets a handwoven paper cord seat.

In the 75th anniversary version, the seat is made of sustainable sedge grass instead of traditional paper cord – just like the original J39 chair, which designer Mogensen himself also had in his living room.

Black-and-white photo of creating of J39 chair
The J39 chair has a robust frame made of solid wood. In the 75th anniversary model, the material used is light-oiled oak.
Black-and-white photo of creating of J39 chair
The anniversary chair has a rush seat in sedge grass, just like the first version Mogensen himself had in his living room.
Black-and-white photo of creating of J39 chairs
The chair was originally designed for FDB, the Danish Consumers’ Co-operative Society, whose main idea was to offer functionalist and democratic design for the people.

The J39 chair has been in continuous production since its design, throughout its 75-year history. The chair was originally part of a collection designed for the Danish Consumer's Co-operative Society to provide practical, durable, and affordable furniture for all Danish people. Børge Mogensen was the director of FDB in the 1940s.

J39 chair at the table
The J39 chair charms with its natural and elegant simplicity.
J39 chairs at the table
The timeless look blends beautifully with both modern and more classic interiors and will charm year after year – for at least the next 75 years.

Through the years, the beloved J39 has also earned the nickname ‘The People’s Chair’. Today, the People's Chair is part of the collection of the Danish furniture manufacturer Fredericia.

A timeless and organic combination of natural materials, the J39 chair works perfectly as a dining chair as well as in the living room or office. The minimalistic, even puristic look of the chair is also ideal for public spaces such as restaurants or hotels.

See also:

Fredericia’s J39 Mogensen chair >
All products by Fredericia >

Text: Susa Pääkkönen Photos: Fredericia

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