By Jørgen Bækmark
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Jørgen Bækmark's J81 chair - the armchair version of the J80 - is the epitome of the qualities that helped to define FDB Furniture: Its obviously functional, incredible comfortable and has a timeless design that emphasizes the furniture craft.
The turned solid wood legs and braided seat exudes natural quality and the material choices are as relevant today as when the chair was created in the 1950s.
For generations in Denmark it has been the choice as a dining room chair, where both design and comfort are appreciated. But it has also been used in others contexts where you need a good seat such as desks and bedroom.
Jørgen Bækmark (b. 1919) became head of FDB Møblers Design office in 1958 and is the only living designer of FDB Furniture from this era. Jørgen Bækmark was educated from The School of Arts and Crafts and the Art Academy's Furniture School, but was originally a cabinetmaker. The link between design and craftsmanship is evident throughout his work. In his time at FDB he was known for being deeply concerned with every last detail in the production of the pieces.
Origin Made in Europe
Designer Jørgen Bækmark
Material Solid natural oak or black lacquered beech wood with braided papercord seat. The wood used is FSC certified from European forests.
Size 82 x 63.3 x 53.3cm / 32.3 x 25 x 21"
Back Height 82cm / 32.3"
Seat Height 44.5cm / 17.5"
Armrest Height 68cm / 26.8"
Seat Depth: 39.5cm / 59.6"
External Dimensions of Legs 55cm / 21.7"
Jørgen Bækmark led FDB Møbler’s creative studio from 1958 to 1967. He created several furniture classics, such as the iconic J80 and J81 chairs from the 1950s. Recently, Bækmark personally guided the update of the chairs to meet contemporary size and height standards.
"Furniture ought to make room for people" That has been the philosophy of FDB Møbler since 1942 when was founded with architect Børge Mogensen heading up the studio.
Many new designers have since entered the fold, but the foundational principles remain the same: To create beautiful, functional and exceptionally crafted furniture that make room for everyday living and that can withstand everyday wear and tear to age gracefully with those who use them.
FDB Møbler is internationally known as a frontrunner of Danish design. It’s a story of classic pieces to be passed down from generation to generation. The values that FDB Møbler was founded upon continue to shape every piece of oak and beech. They are woven into the seats and are upheld in each design.