An exceptional pair of vintage oak Borge Mogensen chairs model J39 produced by FDB Mobler, Denmark. Designed in 1947 and produced in the 1970s. The solid frames feature modern styling with a distinct beautiful design. Sculpturally carved backrests and rich, warm oak frames. Each seat is woven with original paper cord, in good condition, lending comfort, all resting on strong and sturdy legs. Makers label (Made in Denmark Mobler by FDB) on underside of one chair. The paper cord seats with a neutral shade easily blends with many classic mid century modern tones, as the medium oak grains contrast the seats nicely. Classic mid-century modern styling with sturdy, solid construction. In very good vintage condition, gently used with minor wear. All joints sturdy and tight.
Condition Report: Paper cord seats in good original condition. Minor wear to frame and backrest. Chairs are sturdy and comfortable.
Creator: Borge Mogensen (Designer) FDB (Manufacturer)
Of the Period: Scandinavian Modern
Place of Origin: Denmark
Period: 20th Century
Materials and Techniques: Paper cord, Oak
Condition: Good original finish
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 29.14″ tall x 16.15″ deep x 18.9″ wide
Danish Paper Cord vs. Fiber Rush
Both are made of twisted brown kraft paper, like the stuff paper bags are made of. But fiber rush, which is a substitute for real rush (are the leaves of cattail plants) is one ply. The finished cord has only one strip of paper twisted.
Danish paper cord has three plies, or, rarely, two. It’s rolled so that the plies are flattened together. Unlaced cord is the one that’s easy to mistake for fiber rush. It has the same smooth texture as fiber rush. “Laced” paper cord has more definition to the plies. It looks more like rope.
Even though the two are about the same diameter, Danish paper cord has twice as much paper. It’s also a better quality paper. It has longer fibers that withstand a lot more wear than those in the fiber rush.