Spectacular Chair Design


working Ferdinand chair

Photo by Brdr. Krüger



Photo by Brdr. Krüger


Ayo chair

Photo by Friis&Moltke


Ayo from Friis&Moltke

Photo by Friis&Moltke


low back ayo chair

Photo by Friis&Moltke


Torneo from the backside

Photo by Hans Sandgren Jacobsen


Table of Torneo

Photo by Hans Sandgren Jacobsen


Ferdinand chair from behind

Photo by OeO Studio


We use them every day. At home, at work, when visiting restaurants or waiting at the doctor’s office. Chairs are an unavoidable design in our life, but they are not all the same: some chairs are just more spectacular than others.

The Danish designer Hans J. Wegner once said that a chair should have no backside: it should be beautiful from all sides and angles.

These three chair designs by Hans Sandgren Jakobsen, OEO Studio and Friis & Moltke surely live up to that description from Wegner. Curvy shapes, quality materials and extraordinary craftsmanship. Take a close look at the designs below and enjoy the chairs – from all angles.

Torneo Arm Chair designed by Hans Sandgren Jakobsen

Like Hans Sandgren Jakobsen’s other designs, the Torneo Chair exudes quality and craftsmanship. The chair’s design invites you to sit down and make yourself comfortable, while enjoying the well-designed details and the Torneo’s soft seat.

Twisted ovals are the concept theme running through the entire Torneo series designed by Sandgren in cooperation with Japanese Asahi Wood, and the oval profile is significant for the Torneo Chair as well. The elliptical shape gives the chair an interesting look and plays with the light/shadow reflections, with the changing dimensions making it look different from every angle, just like when you walk round a growing tree.

Ferdinand Lounge Chair designed by OEO Studio

Sometimes you simply just need a nice and comfy lounge chair, where you can snuggle up with a cup of coffee and a good book. Luckily, OEO Studio in collaboration with Brdr Krüger has designed such a chair, which is also very satisfying to the eye.

The Ferdinand Lounge Chair was created with a vision of making a design that, on the one hand, reflects contemporary sensibilities, while on the other, honours the legacy of design from the 20th century. The design borrows elements from the classic mid-century design philosophy and adds a modern-day twist. The technique of woodturning is a key element of the structural design and is a perfect example of what can be achieved when classic craftsmanship meets high-tech manufacturing.

Ayo Chair designed by Friis & Moltke

Who says that chairs in public places have to be boring? Definitely not Friis & Moltke! The renowned Danish architectural studio has designed the Ayo Chair for the nursing sector, which introduced some specific demands for the design.

The Ayo Chair is made from high-quality materials and comes in both oak and beech. It comes with three different back heights and has a robust structure, which makes it easy stackable and hard to tip over. But even though it sounds like a heavy design, it is not inelegant at all. Friis & Moltke has been able to design a chair with a touch of classic simplicity and a great focus on good, honest Danish craftsmanship.

As you can see, here are several beautiful Danish chair designs displaying high-quality craftsmanship, but if we have to tie a knot, we must end with yet another Hans J. Wegner quote,

“The good chair is a task one is never completely done with.”

So, let’s hope there are plenty of spectacular designs still to come in the future.



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