Fritz Hansen has relaunched the Oxford chair and returned it to its original in wood veneer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of St. Catherine’s College Oxford, UK, and the Oxford chair series.
Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1962, the Oxford chair was specifically designed for the main dining hall of St. Catherine’s College and today it is recognised as a fully upholstered version and furnishes conference rooms, meeting tables and home offices.
Originally manufactured in one piece of laminated English Oak wood veneer, the high back chair took prominent place at the high table in the dining hall of the college. The seating was designed to accommodate the principal and faculty, whilst the students sat on low benches at the long communal tables – reminiscent of the monastery universities of the Middle Ages.
The original Oxford chair in wood veneer from 1962 continues to line the high table in the main dining hall up until this day and is a hallmark of Fritz Hansen’s sustainable quality and collection of design icons.
The ‘new’ original chair will be launched in October 2012 and introduced in Oak veneer in a mid-height version, featuring a front upholstery on the base of the seat and the back rest.
The front upholstery will be launched in three colours; light blue, petrol blue and orange.