Ejner Larsen, ‘"Metropolitan". Armchair of solid teak. Seat and back upholstered with patinated natural leather, upholstered and stamped by Dahlman. Model 2842/L.’, Bruun Rasmussen

Designed 1959. This example made 1960s by cabinetmaker Willy Beck, with maker's metal tag.

Model presented at The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild Exhibition in 1959.

Manufacturer: Willy Beck

Grete Jalk [ed.]: "40 Years of Danish Furniture Design", vol. 4, chair referred to and ill. pp. 78-81.

About Ejner Larsen

Danish furniture design Ejner Larsen worked with Danish modern contemporaries such as Mogens Koch, Peter Koch, and Palle Suenson, as well as Aksel Bender Madsen, who became his primary collaborator in 1947. Establishing a design studio together, they designed sculptural chairs, living rooms, bedrooms, shelving, dining tables and office furniture in clean, simple, and timeless designs that are still relevant today. They are perhaps most known for their innovative design of the Metropolitan Chair, made of teak plywood and birch with a sculptural form gently curved along the back. The chair was exhibited in 1949 at the Copenhagen Furniture Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition and later manufactured by Fritz Hansen starting in 1952.

Danish, 1917-1987

About Aksel Bender Madsen

Danish furniture designer Aksel Bender Madsen was known for his sleek modern designs for tables and chairs, made mostly in teak and rosewood. In 1947, he began collaborating with fellow Danish furniture designer Ejner Larsen to create pieces exemplary of the Danish modern period, which combined the Bauhaus aesthetic with mass-production techniques that focused on form rather than merely function. Producing a variety of items and products, from sculptural chair designs to living rooms, bedrooms, shelving, dining tables and office furniture, the duo are most known for the Metropolitan Chair in bent plywood, first exhibited in 1949 and manufactured by Fritz Hansen starting 1952.

Danish, 1916-2000