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About the design
This, the GE 240 or Cigar chair, is designed by Hans J Wegner in 1955, and produced by Getama.
It is a gorgeous low easy chair with oak frame, metal springs and wool or leather foam cushions. The simple, yet striking expression demands prefect craftsmanship and an intimate knowledge of wood joinery. The wide sculptured armrests giving you sublime support for the arms, the angled rounded legs ensuring the perfected backward tilted seating position and the beautiful backrest enabling (almost demanding) you to place it freely in a room to show if off. To ensure comfortable seating, the cushions are made of foam and as protection from the underlying metal springs, it is fitted with a piece of linen.
Wegner designed more than 500 chairs, of which 100 were put into mass production. The GE 240 were introduced for the fist time at a furniture exhibition (Fabrikantforeningens Møbelmesse in Fredericia) May 13th-16th in 1954, and put into production by 1955. It became of one of most popular easy chairs produced by Getama and remained in production for a number of years. The production ceased at some point (we are uncertain when!), but was back in Getama’s 2017 product range.
Its backward tilted seating and wide cigar-shaped armrests makes for a really comfortable easy chair, and combined with its beautiful silhouette, the GE 240 is a excellent showpiece example of 1950s Danish design.
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Meet the Designer
Jørgen Bo was a Danish architect, and after training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1941, he also taught there from 1946. He was an appointed associate professor in architecture, in 1959, and the following year appointed professor and disp …
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ABO Randers A/S was a small lighting company, situated in Aalestrup, near Randers, in Jutland. It was founded in the late 1960s, and mainly based on one product idea – the successful Ball magnet wall lamp, originally designed by Benny Frandsen. The gen …