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Arne Vodder's 1972 lounge chair gets a rerelease by Erik Jørgensen

The lightweight AV72 lounge chair by Arne Vodder is the latest Danish design classic to get a reissue in 2016.

Danish brand Erik Jørgensen has rereleased the AV72, a chaise longue with a thin frame that curves to follow the natural contours of the body.


Launched in 1972, the chair is notably the first of Vodder's furniture designs with a metal frame. The influential Danish modernist, who first trained as a cabinetmaker, is usually known for his work with wood.

The AV72's matt steel frame is topped with a slim cushion upholstered in either tan or dark brown leather.


Erik Jørgensen claims its new model uses the same "soft and luxurious" leather as Vodder's original chair, one of which sat in his own living room.

The brand described the chair as sharing the "sense of detail, modest expression and fondness for natural material" that characterised Vodder's designs.


Born in 1926, Vodder was one of the most influential Danish architects and designers of the 20th century. As well as natural materials, Vodder favoured natural, organic shapes free of sharp edges.

He became a protege of Finn Juhl while studying at the Royal Academy of Arts, and the two remained close friends and collaborators throughout their careers. Vodder passed away in 2009.

A number of classic Danish furniture designs have been released this year, including one of Juhl's – the wood FJ 136 armchair, designed in 1956.

Interest in Danish modernism has also seen Carl Hansen & Søn reintroduce Hans J Wegner's CH22 lounge chair and desks designed by Poul Kjærholm for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

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