A unique take on a folding chair, Zdown features a broad backrest and seat in full-grain leather on a gleaming chrome frame. Relaunched by Engelbrechts after some years off the market, Erik Magnussen’s circa-1968 design proves a timeless addition to contract and hospitality spaces as well as the home. Consistent with the designer’s penchant for steel pipe, the simple construction extolls the material’s ability to shape and bend in a zigzag form that ensures the chair never goes out of alignment.
- 27.6" h x 28.4" w x 22.8" d (70.1x72.1x57.9cm)
- Seat height: 15.8 (40.1cm)
Founder Morten Engelbrecht found his bliss while working for a Copenhagen furniture store at age 17. He didn’t know it at first; he even tried twice to get into architecture school. “I realized that it was never going to happen,” he says, and in 1989 he started his own furniture company while still in his twenties. First as an importer of other European brands, Engelbrechts then developed into an international manufacturer, partnering with the likes of renowned Danish designers Erik Magnussen, Jørgen Rasmussen and Anders Hermansen.
“Simplicity, functionality, high comfort, the design must be useful,” Morten says as he ticks off the company’s priorities. “We don’t make small details just to make it look nice, that’s not how we work.” Creating timeless furniture is also how his company looks to the future. “Good design is sustainable, both in terms of the environment but also sustainable in terms of long-lasting products that you want to keep for a lifetime.”