Classic spindleback chairs resurrected

The name Jørgen Bækmark may not belong among the most well-known when it comes to Danish furniture designers. But actually, Jørgen Bækmark (b. 1929) for several years played a significant role in the Danish furniture industry, namely as head of the furniture design studio at FDB, the Danish cooperative consumer association movement.

From 1940 and in the following decades, FDB launched a number of simple, beautiful and practical pieces of residential furniture, which the public could acquire at reasonable prices. In the 1950s, Jørgen Bækmark was commissioned to design a chair that both could be placed at a dining table and stand freely in the room. The result was the spindleback chairs J80 – without armrests – and J81 with armrests.

Since 2013, the FDB – now known as COOP – has relaunched many of its classic furniture models, which again has become great successes. Now is the turn of J80 and J81, both of which are built up of turned wood sticks with a molded back and a seat in hand-woven paper yarn.

Both chairs are available in oak or black-stained beech, and the seat is available with either natural or black paper yarn. Both the wood and paper yarn used are FSC-certified, and the chairs have gently been adapted to today’s body sizes and comfort requirements.

The Danish subcontractor Kvist Industries produces the relaunched FDB furniture at its plants in Latvia and Slovakia.

The FDB furniture can be purchased in SuperBrugsen stores and at the web shop