Erik Kierkegaard desk chair

This desk chair by Danish designer Erik Kierkegaard arrived with an 80s beach print lightweight cotton fabric.

Oh, my, no.

Here it is in a much more appropriate “Arno” by Knoll, a rich, all-wool fabric in taupe.  You can almost hear the chair sighing in relief.

(This chair, by the way, is one of the most comfortable out there.)

The original elastic webbing had been replaced with conventional jute webbing, which was worn out.

One fun thing about the stripping phase is discovering marks that were hidden.  The last line here is a bit hard to make out but it says “E. KIRKEGAARD”.

The seat frame is ready for new webbing.

This elastic webbing is like what is used in clothing, only on very high doses of steroids.  It provides firm support but with just enough give to make it comfortable under the foam padding.

After the foam and fabric are in place, the bottom is covered with non-woven, synthetic cambric, which I trim close to the staples.

The covering on the back is stapled and hand sewn.  I like that little joint detail that shows just outside the edge of the fabric.

I’m a big fan of contrasting fabric and wood.  I love how the cool gray looks with the warm teak, and how the fuzzy wool contrasts with the smooth wood.

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13 Responses to Erik Kierkegaard desk chair

  1. chairsmith says:

    Gosh, you are so busy. Beautiful work!

  2. MCR says:

    Thank you!

  3. saskia de clercq says:


    Very nice! Looks a lot better 🙂
    I happen to have a similar chair, and i was wondering wether you have any idea what the value of such chair is(on the vintage market)… Thank you in advance for you answer. Keep up the good work 😉

    • MCR says:

      Saskia, lucky you! Unfortunately, I don’t do appraisals and don’t even really keep track of the market value of the furniture I work on. I just try to do the best job possible on the restoration.

  4. Thomas Christiansen says:

    Actually, the jute webbing seems to be the original webbing – at least if the original upholstery is leather – I have the same chair 😉

    Nice work! 🙂

    • MCR says:

      Thomas, you’re right in that the original webbing was probably jute, but I think this was replaced because there were old staple or tack holes under it.

      • edie says:

        I wish I could figure out how to share a photo I have of a chair I found that I believe should have a seat similar to this one of yours.
        I think, maybe, someone replaced the seat and cushion with a piece of plywood and 3″ foam now I am searching for info on what the seat cushion and wood piece the foam its on should look like.

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  6. Aaron says:

    Hi, this chair looks great, well done. I love the fabric, I’ve looked on the knoll website and can’t find this blue shade in Arno. Can you tell me where you sourced it?

    Many thanks

    • MCR says:

      Sorry, this is actually the “Flint” colorway and I just noticed that I described it both as taupe and as a cool gray. It was actually taupe. It looks like a blue-gray in these photos but that was the lighting and I must have forgotten the real color when looking at the photos as I wrote the post.

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