Visionary designer and architect Mogens Lassen’s 1955 Saxe is a striking collapsible lounge chair with a solid-oak frame and a dramatic leather slung seat. Originally designed in 1955 for the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Competition, nothing in the chair’s design was left to chance, with select versions available in natural, brown and black. Brass fittings at the back of the chair provide an iconoclastic twist typical of Lassen’s particularly characteristic genius.
33.1" h x 26.4" w x 23.6" d (84x67x60cm)
Made in Denmark
Among the fathers of Functionalism— the modernist movement where form is driven by the undecorated materials and the purpose of the object—brothers Mogens and Flemming Lassen contributed to the Danish Modern style as architects and furniture designers, highly awarded during life and their early pieces now command stratospheric prices at auction. With such a proud legacy, Søren Lassen (Mogens’ grandson) launched By Lassen in 2008 to reintroduce both his grandfathers’ iconic work along with new pieces by Søren, a notable designer in his own right.
The Kubus series, introduced upon the company’s 10th anniversary, is in keeping with the movement his forebearers championed, minimalist and geometric in form and modern in making: it is sustainably produced with up to 95% recycled steel at By Lassen's factory in Holstebro, Denmark. Of course, Mogen’s minimalist but voluptuous seating proportions live on in pieces like the Tired Man armchair and Wilhelm sofa; while Flemming, inspired by an early encounter with Le Corbusier in Paris, took a more angular route with output like his aptly named Frame storage range.
“It is By Lassen’s vision to share the Lassen brothers’ legacy with the coming generations,” says Søren, who has also made it his mission for the house to offer pieces from other rising talent that reflects the By Lassen design language, “as beacons of the Danish design tradition that has inspired so many design talents.”