Saxe is a characterful and timeless folding chair designed in 1955 by the visionary designer and architect Mogens Lassen for The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Competition.
It was originally made by the master joiner A.J. Iversen and is now being produced by by Lassen to mark the 60th anniversary of its design.
As in Mogens Lassen’s architecture, nothing in the chair’s design is left to chance and everything is worked out down to the smallest detail.
The strong, stretched leather clings to the wood and creates an almost harmonious, organic form.
The curved rivets in brass along the back break with the otherwise stringent expression and exemplify the fact that Mogens Lassen was not afraid of going against the grain and breaking with conventions.
The collapsible chair invites an extra guest to join the gathering and with its minimalistic, simple expression is perfect in both large and small quality-conscious homes – and is at least as current and modern here 60 years on.
Dimensions: Width: 60 cm; Height: 84 cm; Depth: 67 cm, Seat height: 37 cm
Materials: Oak and leather
Mogens Lassen was perceived as ‘the naughty boy in class’, but he aimed for perfection in each design project. His eye for detail, leaving nothing unnoticed, and his will to try out new methods are clearly seen in this characteristic and timeless chair. It is contemporary proof of his habit of pushing the boundaries of materials and what was comme il faut. The seat, manufactured in core leather, truly reaches the limits of how big pieces of leather can be and are enhanced by the moulded, yet massive wooden legs. In the middle of the 20th century, this technique was still in its early years. The beautiful fittings work almost as a piece of jewellery on the chair and clearly illustrate how only the finest materials were selected. Mogens Lassen’s Saxe chair is a classic example of aesthetics and functionality enhancing one another.