Designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen in 1951 and re-launched by MENU in 2018, Ib Kofod-Larsen’s Knitting Chair is updated for 2020 and beyond with a natural oak, dark stained oak or walnut frame and new upholstery combinations including soft sheepskin, putting a modern spin on the iconic design.
The first classic furniture design to be produced by MENU, the mid-century modern chair’s characteristic silhouette is defined by its triangular construction, enveloping seat and back and distinctive cut-outs for resting the elbows. Offering optimal sitting comfort and handmade in Sweden by skilled craftspeople using a careful combination of traditional and modern craftsmanship techniques, the Knitting Chair’s masterful proportion and unexpected, sculptural form bring personality to any room — and a sense of timeless design of the highest quality.
Danish-born architect and furniture designer Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921–2003) earned his architecture degree from the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, opening his own studio in Copenhagen in 1948. A prominent figure in Danish Modernism alongside such masters as Kaare Klint, Hans J. Wegner, Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl and Nanna Ditzel, Kofod-Larsen viewed Scandinavian design not as a regional phenomenon but as part of international modernism. He enjoyed great success internationally, becoming the best-selling Danish architect in the US in the 50s, working with furniture manufacturers in Germany, Sweden, Japan, the US and the UK, and exhibiting throughout Europe and the US. Ib Kofod-Larsen viewed Scandinavian design not as a regional phenomenon but as part of international modernism.