The late Arne Vodder was one of the most influential Danish architects and furniture designers of the twentieth century. Recently, the Danish furniture manufacturer Erik Jørgensen relaunched his 1972 AV chaise longue chair, which wholly showcases Vodder’s sense of detail, modest expression and fondness for natural materials.
“My dad was really proud of the chair, and for many years it had a prominent spot in our living room”, said Michael Vodder, Arne Vodder’s son, and continued: “When I was a child, I dreamt of one day having this chair in my own home – that is now possible”.
The late Danish designer Arne Vodder trained as a cabinetmaker in the 1940s with cabinetmaker Niels Vodder at the School of Interior Design. He later entered the Royal Academy of Arts, where he studied to become an architect and was taught by another great, namely Finn Juhl, who later became a close friend and collaborator.
Now, Erik Jørgensen has relaunched the chair in close cooperation with Arne Vodder’s family.
Arne Vodder’s designs were often produced from natural materials. The AV chaise longue chair was the first item of furniture he designed with a full metal frame. Arne Vodder had extensively researched the material before deciding to produce the frame of the chair in matt steel. It was presented for the first time during the annual furniture fair in Copenhagen in 1972.
The chair used a material that was brand new at the time, a synthetic material called Ironside. What made that specific material so unique was its durability; it was very hard-wearing. Furthermore, the chair was covered in a very soft and luxurious leather, which is the version that Erik Jørgensen is reviving.
“We are very proud to have the opportunity to relaunch the AV Chair. A close collaboration with Arne Vodder’s son, Michael, has made it possible for us to make the chair again. It is a chair that fits the time very well and also the beautiful upholstery work precisely reflects what we do best”, said Niels Jørgensen, CEO at Erik Jørgensen.
A passion for detail
Just like Arne Vodder’s other designs, the AV Chair – or model EJ 230 chaise longue – was designed with a passion for detail. The moulded frame in matt metal enhances the beautiful shape of the chair, which follows the natural shape of your body. Arne Vodder believed a good design had to be both useable as well as aesthetically beautiful. A chair should thus be comfortable to sit in.
“When it comes to the form, it is important to me that the design is beautiful to look at – with curves and organic shapes. The quality should be considered thoroughly and the product should not look mass-produced; you should be able to see the craftsmanship behind it. The design should be organic, aesthetic and beautifully executed”, Arne Vodder once explained in an interview in 2009.