Carl Hansen & Son is reintroducing Børge Mogensen's Huntsman chair to complement the Hunting table.
Mogensen's designs have an emphasis on strong structures. 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 added it to its collection of furniture classics.
The chair was originally made of smoked oak and saddle leather—two of Mogensen's preferred materials. 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 Huntsman chair has soft, organic wooden frame; has angled legs and rounded armrests; and has classic mortise and tenon joints with contrasting wooden wedges. The saddle leather used in the chair's seat and backrest wraps around the wooden frame, held taut by buckles behind the back and under the seat—a characteristic design feature of Mogensen's work that bears witness to his flair for the aesthetic. The saddle leather is skived for a smooth transition between layers. The flexible top edge of the leather and the swiveling backrest, mounted on brass or stainless steel brackets, optimize sitting comfort and enable flexible sitting positions.
Like the Hunting table, the Huntsman chair is crafted in solid oak and walnut with various finishes. The chair's backrest and seat are available in saddle leather in natural, cognac or black, with buckles and brackets made of brass or stainless steel. The chair's mortise and tenon joints are completed with wedges in contrasting wood.
The dimensions of the chair are: 42.5 cm (seat height), 84 cm (height), 62 cm (depth) and 67 cm (width).
Photo credit: Carl Hansen & Son