Monarch Chair VLA61

  • Design

    Vilhelm Lauritzen

  • Collaboration

    Carl Hansen & Søn

  • Launched


  • Re-launched

    April 2023

  • Materials, frame

    FSC-certified oak (FSCTM C135991) or FSC-certified mahogany (FSCTM C135991)

  • Materials, seat and back

    Leather or fabric

  • Materials, foot


Bringing a Collectors Item to Life

In 1944, Lauritzen designed a building project that was never realised, but the VLA61 Monarch Chair that he had designed for the project was produced in 10 copies. Until now, this rare chair has been a coveted collector’s item sold at auctions around the world, but with Carl Hansen & Son’s launch, it will now become available to a wider audience for the first time.

The VLA61 Monarch Chair is named after the majestic Monarch butterfly, and the name is a tribute to the architect’s keen interest in butterflies, which he diligently studied throughout his life. With its generous upholstery, curved armrests and organic, teardrop-shaped curvatures of the bars, the chair embodies an artistic expression that is light and sumptuous at the same time. Details such as the small brass feet and hand-polished joints testify to Lauritzen’s consistent design signature.

Knud Erik Hansen, CEO and third generation owner of Carl Hansen & Son, says about the launch: "With the VLA61 Monarch Chair, we have introduced another masterpiece by Vilhelm Lauritzen to Carl Hansen & Son’s extensive collection of iconic designs. Last year, we launched the Vega Chair and the Foyer Series in collaboration with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects to mark the studio’s 100th anniversary, and the furniture has since received a great reception worldwide. We’re pleased and proud to be able to not only spread knowledge of Danish design around the world but present Lauritzen’s furniture to a global audience – in line with his democratic approach to design.”

The Expression
“The Monarch Chair is exceptionally beautiful and bears Lauritzen’s clear signature. The double-curved armrests and the beautiful organic frame give the chair a clear expression with a supreme level of comfort that embraces you the moment you sit down”
Anne Møller Sørensen, partner in Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects

The Process

“We never found one of the few original chairs from 1944. So, we had to work from Lauritzen’s initial sketches, detailed drawings, old pictures and auction descriptions. In the process, we focused on getting as close as possible to the original design while and add a contemporary expression through materials.”
Anne Møller Sørensen, partner in Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects

Foyer Series

Foyer Series

Vega Series

Vega Series


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