A Danish design icon’s classic chair, available at last!

J173 Krogerup by Poul M. Volther

Danish design giant Poul M. Volther created the smart, straightforward J173 school/desk/classroom chair back in 1960. Now, six decades later, FDB Møbler is proud to begin production of this attractive period chair, available in natural oak veneer, black-lacquered oak veneer and natural walnut, all FSC-certified, with a steel frame lacquered in black or gray.
Poul M. Volther began his career as an FDB Møbler cabinetmaker in 1950, taking over the role of design studio manager from popular furniture architect Børge Mogensen in that same year. He was expected to carry on Mogensen's recognized, distinctive work, and expectations were high. But it wasn’t long before he proved he was up to the task, developing high-quality furniture that followed a simple, functionalist design aesthetic—furniture that would rapidly make its way into many Danish homes. Volther’s J173 school chair didn’t find its way into production in 1960, but its years in the archives are now over, as FDB Møbler begins production of this timeless design in September.

Period design and solid craftmanship

The charm and clarity of the J173’s design ensure that it looks both backward and forward in time, making it adaptable to both classic and modern home decor. Its wide, clean surfaces provide comfortable sitting, reflecting Poul M. Volther's principles of solid, detailed craftsmanship that is oriented toward the user. The combination of two available frame colors and three wood finishes maximizes the possibilities for shaping the look of your room.
"Poul M. Volther was one of Danish design history's most successful designers,” says Ole Kiel, FDB Møbler’s director, “and his iconic J46 woven chair is still the best-selling chair in Denmark. We are very proud of the collaboration we at FDB Møbler had with Poul, and we take great pride in carrying on his legacy. He has always been ahead of his time in every way, and that is precisely why his historic design of the J173 from 1960 retains every bit of its relevance. We very much look forward to offering this classic school chair to design enthusiasts everywhere."