The FDB series incarnates HAY’s core values: good design, democratic prices and industrial production. With the original idea from 1933 and under Børge Mogensen’s leadership as design director from 1942, FDB created a strong furniture concept that linked industrial production with furniture made by architects. In practical terms, the industrial approach eliminated the need for special components, as all the chairs had the same legs, just as the main emphasis was not on detailing, since the underlying ideology was to make wellmade furniture accessible to the general population. That idea revolutionized the industry as a precursor of many of the design icons that Denmark is world-famous for today.
The FDB series also pioneered knock-down furniture: furniture that comes in a box and is assembled by the user. Kvist Møbler produced the FDB furniture then and still does today – only now with HAY as the standard-bearer for democratic design furniture with a long life span.
With its wide back and seat combined with the light, vertical graphic expression, J104 resembles a cross between a dining chair and a lounge chair. In this unique composition, although the broad seat takes up visual space, the slat structure of the back lightens the overall impression and makes J104 a natural-born sculptural classic.
Designer: Jørgen Baekmark Poul M. Volther
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