An extremely rare model with a painted oak frame, the Børge Mogensen Prototype Chair sports the strapped cognac leather that would come to define Mogensen’s later hunting chairs. True furniture aficionados will recognize the wide top stretcher in the back as a significant variation from other Børge Mogensen easy chairs such as the one from the 1951 Cabinetmakers’ Guild Exhibition.
This piece of furniture is especially appreciable for fans of the rustic simplicity Mogensen assimilated into modern interior design. The Danish designer was active throughout the middle of the 20th century and he gained widespread acclaim for producing simple pieces of furniture that were both highly functional and aesthetically pleasing. Designing for the middle-class consumer, he strove to address issues they faced in contemporary residential living.
Those ideals are part and parcel of the easy chair that Børge Mogensen created for Erhard Rasmussen in the early 1950s. Coming from a private collection, this 1951 handmade chair prototype is currently up for sale through 1stdibs’ online antiques marketplace.