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We've brought several chairs made with Danish cord into the shop recently. They are definitely unique, conversation-starting pieces and I was curious about their construction and design. 

These Hans Wegner c23 dining chairs also have beautiful teak frames with oak inlay design.

These Hans Wegner c23 dining chairs also have beautiful teak frames with oak inlay design.

It turns out that not only is Danish paper cord attractive, but it is also sustainable and durable. Chair maker Caleb James explains that Danish paper cord "gained popularity starting back after World War II in Denmark and other European countries. It struck the right balance of ease of production and availability combined with its durability. Because of shortages of supplies after the war the same paper product was used to make tires even. For seating it is estimated to last up to 60 years with normal use." 

During the mid-20th century renowned designers like Hans Wegner and Neils Møller incorporated cord into their mixed-material pieces. The cords were weaved into intricate patterns making for some distinctive furniture. 

Close-up of cord weave pattern.

Close-up of cord weave pattern.

Of course we love the look for its texture and beauty as well as its sustainability. What do you think? Would you like to incorporate this modern look into your space?

Wegman-style rope lounge chair with ottoman. This piece is well-loved but has miles of life left. Who wouldn't want to recline and relax in this stylish seat?

Wegman-style rope lounge chair with ottoman. This piece is well-loved but has miles of life left. Who wouldn't want to recline and relax in this stylish seat?