Jonas Bohlin / Concrete chair

Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery specializes in rare works of Scandinavian furniture created during 1920-1970, but it happens that earlier or later works enter the gallery if they are really something special. Swedish designer Jonas Bohlin’s Concrete chair is a 1980’s icon, originally presented as part of his graduation project at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm in 1981. The chair is made of only two pieces of concrete and a tubular steel frame.

Bohlin initially presented the chair as a sculpture. It was, however, Sven Lundh, director of the Swedish furniture company Källemo, who noticed Bohlin’s work and decided to manufacture an edition of 100 chairs. The present example is thus number 7 from this edition, numbered and signed by Bohlin.

The chair epitomizes the playful approach of the 1980s and is often described as a “postmodernist bomb” that liberated furniture design from the functional and ergonomic requirements that were so important in the previous decades of furniture making. In the crossing between chair and sculpture, design and art, Bohlin’s Concrete chair gained iconic status from the outset and it still holds a very special position in the history of modern design.