Johna Madsen Tells Her Father's Story
From humble beginnings in a Copenhagen workshop, Arnold Madsen was an unassuming genius who created one of the 20th century's most sought-after furniture designs. Read more in our story of the Clam Chair, told in the words of Arnold Madsen’s daughter, Johna.
Authenticity and Quality
Dagmar is proud to re-launch this icon of the Danish Modern movement in collaboration with the estate of Arnold Madsen. Dagmar’s edition of the Clam Chair has been crafted using a blend of traditional joinery techniques and modern technology, resulting in an authentic product of the highest quality.
The new edition of the Clam Chair is made in Sweden, using a blend of traditional joinery methods and modern CNC-milling technology. The solid beech wood frame is paired with oak or walnut arms and legs in variety of finishes. Finally, we finish the Clam Chairs in genuine sheepskin or fabric with foam padding and linen webbing for superb comfort.
Making the Clam Chair: A Masterclass in Heritage and Craftsmanship
Years spent restoring original Clam Chairs has given us invaluable insights into the craftsmanship that made it a Scandinavian design icon. Discover the traditional techniques that make each Clam Chair a future heirloom.
Meet the Intrepid Upholsterer of Copenhagen
Arnold Madsen’s story is one of hope and tenacity. As a skilled upholsterer and self-taught designer he spent most his career outside the rarified circles of the more celebrated designers of the era. Nonetheless he shared with them an innovative modernist vision for the twentieth-century home.
Evolution of a Classic
Our new edition of Arnold Madsen's Clam Chair brings this much-loved design up to date with a carefully curated selection of exquisite wood and upholstery options. These include luxurious sheepskin, wool fabrics and our bespoke oak and walnut finishes.