Fredericia's J39 chair is a classic of Danish furniture design, created in 1947 by architect Børge Mogensen who was 28 years old at the time. A timeless and organic combination of solid wood frame and paper yearn seat, the J39 chair works perfectly by a dining table as well as in the living room or office.

Mogensen designed the chair originally for FDB, the Danish Consumers’ Co-operative Society, who chose Mogensen as its head designer in 1939. FDB’s furniture production started in the 1940s and their main idea was functionalist and democratic design for the people – as the J39 chair gained popularity, it also earned a nickname ‘The People’s Chair’.


J39 Mogensen chair, soaped beech



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Natural paper yarn, beech
48 cm
43 cm
77 cm
Seat height
46 cm
Seat material
Paper yarn
Frame material
Soaped beech
4,5 kg
5 years

Børge Mogensen

Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen (1914 –1972) was one of the most influential designers of the Danish modern. Mogensen studied furniture design at Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and his designs aimed at functionality, minimalist appearance and easy accessibility. Soon after his graduation Mogensen was named the chief of Danish Consumers’ Co-operative Society FDB, which focused on producing functional, durable and affordable furniture for all social classes.

Mogensen’s designs were often extremely modest and confident at the same time, and the same goes for his personality. Mogensen preferred to work with traditional and natural materials, but also liked to experiment with new techniques and supported the industrial production of furniture. His work was also influenced by folk art, lithography and Japanese wood carvings. During his career Mogensen was awarded with the Eckersberg Medal and C.F. Hansen Medal, and in 1972 he was named Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the British Royal Society of Arts.

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