November 19, 2014


Danish brand Howe is relaunching a chair designed by Modernist architect Arne Jacobsen for his 1950s Munkegaard School.

The 1955 Munkegaard chair, also known as the Mosquito chair, was originally designed for the school located in Gentofte – just north of Copenhagen – which completed in 1957 and was listed in 1995.

"We've brought a 1950s classic up-to-date, making it greener and tougher than ever before, and making it what is today: a new classic for the 21st century," said Howe sales and marketing manager Lars Bruntse.

Starting in December, Howe will begin selling the Munkegaard chair in oak, ash and walnut veneer as well as stained veneer in black, white, grey, blue, red and coral.

This is the latest in a series of relaunches of Jacobsen's designs, including the 1958 Drop Chair created for his SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen – which had one its rooms revamped by Spanish designer Jaime Hayón last month. To put the chairs back into production, Howe worked with the designer's grandson, Tobias Jacobsen, who presides over the Arne Jacobsen Foundation. The brand acquired the rights to both the Tongue and Munkegaard through royalties agreements.

Other Modern seating designs that have recently gone back into production include Lina Bo Bardi's Bowl chair and Hans Wegner's CH88 chair.