One of the most exciting creations of ‘The Master of the Chair’, the EJ100 Chair, commonly known as the Ox Chair. Rumor has it that the Ox Chair is the personal favourite of its famous designer. Owing at least in part to its unusual design and futuristic appearance, the chair is regarded as the quintessence of elegance, beauty and masculine chic. The Ox Chair, despite its significant age, does not cease to amuse. It still feels as fresh as it did more than half a century ago.
Nicknamed ‘The Master of the Chair’, Hans J. Wegner designed the Ox Chair. It was his great passion for the design of chairs that eventually made Wegner a legendary figure in Danish Modernism and world-famous furniture designer. He created more than 500 chairs, many of which went into mass production.
The final prototype of the Ox Chair was introduced in 1960 and soon after it went into production. Unfortunately, the Ox Chair shared the fate of many of Wegner’s designs from that period, including the Shell Chair, the Oculus Chair and the Elbow Chair, as its production eventually stopped in 1962 being too advanced for this period. For almost three decades, the chair remained forgotten before winning enough attention and becoming commercially available.
The Ox Chair was brought back to life by the Erik Jorgensen furniture company in 1989. This furniture design classic, produced under the new brand, enjoyed instant commercial success thus finally fulfilling Wegner’s core belief; that a chair is only finished when somebody actually sits in it.
The form of the chair is sophisticated and rather unusual, yet modern and pure. Its design embodies its creator’s famous credo: “A chair should have no rear view. It should be beautiful from all sides and angles." Indeed, the chair with its famously organic shape is very appealing and futuristic from any angle. Its shell is made from multiple birch wood components, which are connected with dowels. The frame is then buffed for a smooth, seamless finish. The sophisticated manufacturing techniques, including wood bending and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) routing, utilized in the production, highlight very clearly why the chair’s production was impossible with the technology available in the 1960’s.
The EJ100 Chair’s most distinctive feature is its generous headrest, which bears a resemblance to the horns of an ox. Hence the chair’s name – “The Ox Chair”. Its sloping arm rests and generous back rest give the chair its regal, throne-like masculine appeal. Its form allows a user to assume a multitude of different positions. The high level of comfort can be attributed to the high-density urethane foam, which is then covered in a supple, high-quality leather in a wide variety of colours. The chair leans slightly backwards, hinting at its relax, lounge nature. The Ox Chair rests on a slanted stainless steel brushed frame made of welded circular tubes. The base adds visual lightness and provides a balanced contrast to the capacious seat. In order to reach the absolute heights of comfort and relaxation, customers can combine the Ox Chair with the matching ottoman.
Although the chair looks like a masterpiece of modern art, it is fully functional and very comfortable. Its cutting-edge futuristic design, combined with the impeccable quality of craftsmanship, has earned the chair a very special place in the history of interior design. This timeless piece of furniture still looks extravagant and intriguing, making it a great, tasteful addition to any modern interior.