I got this poor old thing awhile ago and kept putting off work on it because the frame needed refinishing. It’s beech with a stain and then clear lacquer on top—it’s supposed to look like walnut but of course once the finish gets a little worn it is obvious that it’s not.
I chose to strip the lacquer and ebonize the chair with India ink, a process I’ve done on a number of other chairs. I think it looks especially good on these chairs and any dings can be easily touched up with a dab of ink!
There are at least several different versions of these chairs, which were mostly made in Yugoslavia but you will see some marked Italy and Japan; they were inspired by Hans Wegner’s folding lounge chair. You might see one once in awhile being described as a Wegner original but that would be an incorrect attribution.
I like this version without the handles on the sides. It looks so much more sleek.
The paper cord didn’t have a lot of broken strands but it looked pretty awful nonetheless.
I also like that the seat is solid weaving—no gap towards the front the way more are done.
Love that clean line!
These chairs often have a lot of visible knots. This was the only visible one on this chair, at the lower outside back.
It takes a little more work—mostly math and measuring—to weave it without knots, but it can be done. There are two cord joins in the lower rail above.