Today is it gonna be all about a tired man. Nope. Not me. No it is Flemming Lassen’s overstuffed easy chair, The Tired Man, designed for The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Competition in 1935.
It is characterised by organic, bearlike shapes and then as now it created a sensation with its curved form and voluminous armrests. Sitting in the chair should, in Flemming Lassen’s own ords, be ”as warm and safe as a polar bear cub in the arms of its mother in the middle of the ice cap”. The family man Flemming Lassen valued intimate relationships – with its warm exterior, The Tired Man invokes domestic cosiness and socialising by candlelight.
Architect Flemming Lassen (1902-1984) was a Modernist and part of the movement that brought Functionalism to Denmark. Flemming Lassen is particularly well known for his work with Arne Jacobsen on the award-winning House of the Future and Søllerød Town Hall, and his furniture has also achieved international recognition.
Today, you can’t mention Flemming Lassen without hammer prices automatically rising to sky-high levels. His designs rarely appear at auction and are also very distinctive, making them extremely attractive to collectors. The Flemming Lassen armchair ‘The tired man’ also holds the record for being the most expensive chair ever sold at auction in Denmark – for a hammer price of DKK 1,42 mio. Luckily the chair is today produced by byLassen, at a more afforable price. Still not cheap, but not 1,42 mio either.