Introducing our take on the famous “The Spanish Chair”

Introducing our take on the famous “The Spanish Chair”

Our elegant, handmade version of The Spanish Chair retains all the classic features of Børge Mogensens famous 1950’s design, and is available in a variety of finishes – the perfect addition for indoor or outdoor enjoyment.

In 1958, Danish furniture designer, Børge Mogensen, created a masterly interpretation of a traditional type of chair often found in areas influenced by ancient Islamic culture. Traditionally found decorated with elaborate carvings, Mogensens modernised the shape, while retaining the most important features: the broad armrests that give the chair character and provide a practical place to put a glass or cup; the perfectly angled seat and backrest that can be adjusted by loosening or tightening the straps holding them in place; and leg angles that not only provide excellent stability but also great style.

2 Lather Spanish Chair oiled teak

Our interpretation retains all the key features that make The Spanish Chair a classic.

The other element that makes The Spanish Chair such a timeless classic, is the joinery skills used. The construction of the chair, the angles of the legs, cross beams and armrest when relative to each other, are difficult to cut accurately and assemble with stability. As with our The Spanish Chair, it should be assembled with tight fitting mortice annd tenon joints. When built correctly, the chair will never come apart (unless severely mishandled!).

As always, construction is as important as design, and it’s these elements together that create lasting, durable pieces that can be enjoyed for generations.

Finishes used

The African Touch version is expertly handmade with close fitting, accurate joints before being carefully hand sanded in our finishing workshop. The finishes offered are oil, lacquer, white liming or raw.

Oil finish

1 Lather Spanish Chair oiled teak

The oil finish brings out the wonderful grain of the timbers used in a natural manner. It is very easy to apply and gives a strong, rustic effect. It is ideal for use on patios, verandas and outdoors, as well as indoors.

Lacquer finish


Spanish Chair with Lacquer finish

The lacquer finish is only suitable for indoor use, but is not affected by watermarks and other blemishes. It also gives a beautiful colour and grain to the timber.

White liming

1 White Liming Spanish Chair

White liming is a carefully applied painted effect. It ensures the piece stays light in colour throughout its life (timber naturally darkens with age) while allowing the grain of the solid hardwood making up the chair to give a hint of contrast through the finish.

Raw finish

Spanish Chair. Cotton canvas. Teak (19)

Raw finish is preferred by some purists. It naturally takes on a lovely silver grey colour with time, especially if left outside. The one drawback is that it will watermark. We can offer advice on how to clean up watermarks.

The timber we use

We handcraft The Spanish Chair in Zambezi Teak, African Bloodwood and Plantation Hardwood (Eucalyptus Saligna).

  • Zambezi Teak. Formerly known as Rhodesian Teak, (Baikiaea plurijuga) is a completely different species to Asian Teak, (Tecona Grandis), found native to Southeast Asia. It is a very much harder timber with a much more attractive, deep, rich golden red brown grain. This extreme density means that the timber is virtually indestructible.
  • African Bloodwood (Pterocarpus angolensis) is also known as kiaat or mukwa. It has a magnificent mixed coloration from creamy brown to dark ‘blood’ brown. The grain is fine and works well to give very good joints. The timber is much lighter weight than Zambezi Teak and so is suitable where chairs will be moved around regularly or for more elderly people.
  • Saligna (Eucalyptus saligna), also known as Sydney Blue gum, was introduced to Zimbabwe in the early 1900s as a fuel source for tobacco curing barns. Since then it has become a pest in many parts of eastern Zimbabwe, with older trees growing up to 50 meters tall and 2 meters in diameter. However, the timber from these old growth trees is a medium density hardwood with a beautiful light honey colour and grain. It makes wonderful furniture and is used for our white liming finish products.

The covers offered.

Three options are available for the covers of this wonderful chair.

  • Harness leather. We use the finest full thickness, pure veg tanned harness leather, 4 to 5 mm thick making it very durable. It has a rich brown colour and will last for generations if looked after. This natural material is the most comfortable seating material available in all climatic conditions, while enhancing your Spanish Chair as a truly luxurious classic.
  • Cotton canvas. Our cotton canvas covers are made from the finest and most comfortable cotton based material. We manufacture with double thickness material sandwiching a comfortable padding to give a very comfortable seat.
  • Ripstop canvas. The ripstop canvas is extremely strong and both waterproof & UV resistant, making it ideal for chairs that will be used out of doors. It also comes padded and double sided.