Chair 1179 - Mahogany, Rattan & Leather, Nature, Josef Frank | Svenskt Tenn

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  • Product information
    Article number:
    Josef Frank
    Mahogany, Rattan & Leather
    90 cm
    55 cm
    58 cm
    Seat height:
    46 cm
    Seat depth:
    47 cm

    Frame of mahogany with rattan in the back. Leather seat with underwoven.

    Price including leather.

    The chair is handcrafted in Sweden.

    When buying furniture from Svenskt Tenn, you can receive a certificate of authenticity with the title, designer, date and receipt.

  • Design

    Chair 1179 was designed by Josef Frank in 1947. At that time he had just returned from his stay in America and started working with Larsson Korgmakare (Larsson Basketmakers) in Stockholm. The chair is inspired by historical, Egyptian design and is handmade in leather, mahogany and rattan. The curvature of the seat is reminiscent of the dining chairs belonging to Josef Frank’s sister Hedwig Tedesko. The chair has been displayed, among other places, in two National Museum exhibitions in Stockholm: Josef Frank – 20 years at Svenskt Tenn in 1952 and Josef Frank – Memorial Exhibition in 1968.


    Josef Frank

    Josef Frank

    Josef Frank grew up in Vienna and studied architecture at Konstgewerbeschule. In the 1920s he designed housing estates and large residential blocks built around common courtyards in a Vienna with severe housing shortages. In 1925 he started the Haus & Garten interior firm together with architect colleagues Oskar Wlach and Walther Sobotka. Svenskt Tenn hired Josef Frank in 1934 and just a few years later he and Estrid Ericson made their international breakthrough. Although he was already 50 when he left the burgeoning Nazism in Vienna for Sweden, Frank is considered one of Sweden’s most important designers. Read more

  • Care instructions

    Svenskt Tenn’s furniture is made from wood that is varnished or coated. Clean with a soft cloth dampened with mild dish detergent or soapy water. Dry with a soft cloth. Do not expose the furniture to prolonged humidity or direct heat or use polish, oil or abrasive cleaners on the furniture. In addition, avoid exposing the furniture to major changes in temperature and humidity. Contact a furniture restorer if the coating or wood gets damaged, as it can get worse if not tended to.

    Keep in mind that furniture fabrics and leather exposed to direct sunlight will fade over time, and that the materials are affected by heat and moisture. Do not apply strong solvents, chemicals, stain removers or degreasers to leather surfaces. Specially adapted products are on the market for impregnation and conditioning.

  • Sustainability and manufacturing


    Mahogany, Leather & Rattan

    Wood is renewable, reusable and bio- degradable. Svenskt Tenn has worked with wood since the 1930s and the material is also one of the most dominant in the company’s production today. But for wood to be a really good material from an environmental point of view, it should come from responsibly managed forests.

    All of Svenskt Tenn’s furniture suppliers and their wood suppliers are subject to the EU’s Timber Regulation, which has strict rules for the wood trade. This is to deal with the global problem of illegal logging and to counter trafficking in illegal timber and wooden goods within the EU.

    This is how Chair 1179 is made

    The frame for Chair 1179 is manufactured in mahogany at Gärsnäs, at the family-owned factory in Österlen that has been making furniture since 1893.

    The shape of the chair is as complex as its production. The back parts rise from the seat in a square to circular format, from wide to narrow and with advanced shifts in angle, something that makes the work both challenging and time-consuming. Once the parts of the chair are joined together, the seat of natural tanned leather from Tärnsjö is nailed to the frame by hand. The chair is then sent to Larsson Korgmakare (Larsson Basketmakers) in Stockholm, where the back of the chair is crafted.

    Larsson Korgmakare is Sweden’s only manufacturer of rattan furniture. The workshop is located next to Skeppsbron, about three kilometres from the store on Strandvägen 5, and this is where all of Svenskt Tenn’s rattan furniture is made.

    Once the back of Chair 1179 is to be built, the process of finding suitable rattan poles begins and they are cut to the right length. Then each pole is positioned to be as straight as possible. After that, the furniture template is reviewed to determine where the first bend should be. The rattan is then fastened with a vice before being heated with a flame. The heat makes the material soft and pliable so it can be bent by hand and shaped with the help of a bending iron. Once the rattan is formed it is cooled down with water to lock in the fibres. Long strips, made from the bark or sheath of the rattan, are moistened and wrapped around the joints.

    Sustainability in focus

    Read more about Svenskt Tenn's Sustainability Philosophy below.

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Chair 1179 Mahogany, Rattan & Leather, Nature

2,380 USD (incl. VAT)

Stock: Made to order
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  • Return & Exchange

    30 day right to return

    You are always entitled to return your item(s) within 30 days from the time of receiving your order. To exercise the right of return within the timeframe, you can contact Svenskt Tenn’s Customer Service and notify them. If the payment has been made via Klarna invoice, you can log in directly to Klarna, report your return and the payment will be paused.

    30 day right to exchange

    You have the right to exchange the item(s) for something else in the range within 30 days of placing your order. Send it back and place a new order on Please pack the item in its original packaging along with the receipt.

    You are responsible for shipping costs when you use the right of exchange and return. Right of exchange and return do not apply to textiles purchased by the meter or made to ordered items. If you want to exchange or return in-stock furniture, please contact Svenskt Tenn’s Customer Service.

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