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Expert Mid-Century Modern MCM Woven Furniture Repair


Caning Canada

Mid-century modern is one of the most popular trends in furniture design. The period between 1933 and 1965 focused on improving daily life through making things simply beautiful. 


Mid-century modern design is all about clean lines, simplicity, and practicality.

OUR CURRENT LOCATION

Calgary, Alberta with a possible Lethbridge run

OUR NEXT LOCATION

Penticton, British Columbia for the Folks in Kelowna

With a Possible Meet-Up in Vernon for the Folks in Kamloops.


Cell: 403-613-5801
email: [email protected]

OUR NEXT, NEXT LOCATION

Fort Langley, British Columbia just outside of Vancouver.

Mid-Century Modern MCM Weaving Samples and Explanations - Caning Canada

Mid-Century Woven Furniture Material Overview

Everything You Need to Know About Danish Cord. Danish mid-century modern mcm furniture incorporates minimalist design creating functional furniture with pure, clean lines. Chair frames are specifically designed to accept material woven in a certain style.


You will find an overview of all the material Caning Canada uses for mid-century woven furniture repair here and then a much more detailed explanation of Danish cord weaving styles after as there is so much information and variations of Danish cord woven furniture. 


I believe based on the sheer quantity of items woven with Danish cord that it belongs at the top however didn't want all the beautiful seagrass, rattan and cane, and fibre rush pieces to get lost at the bottom.  


If you want to dig deeply into Danish cord weaving styles scroll down to 


Everything You Need to Know About Danish Cord


and enjoy your journey.

Danish Cord - High Level Explaination

Danish cord woven chairs

Danish Cord

Danish paper cord is a twisted paper cord that has been used to weave seats since the 1920s. 


Danish modern furniture gained popularity after World War II in Denmark and other European countries.


Mid-century and modern Danish cord chairs are woven with the standard basket weave pattern using Danish hook nails or a no-nail technique. 


The other pattern Danish cord is woven with is the traditional rushing pattern. 


Chair frames are designed to accept a specific style of weaving and are therefore not interchangeable. 

What is Danish cord made from and what colours are available?

The Danish cord is a robust 3-ply paper product estimated to last up to 60 years with regular use and proper care. See below for Danish paper cord care and maintenance. The cord is slightly waxed to resist dirt and stains. Beige Danish cord is in its natural state, white Danish cord has been bleached, and black Danish cord has been died.

Gio Ponti Style

Børge Mogensen

Seagrass

Peter Hvidt

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Seagrasses are the only flowering plants able to live in seawater and pollinate while submerged. They often grow in large groups giving the appearance of terrestrial grassland or underwater meadow. 


The seagrass used in chair weaving comes from Asia. The seagrass is twisted to form a rope material that is green when newly woven and will brown as it ages. 



Seagrass can be woven in different patterns as shown above however many chairs are designed to accept a specific gauge or size of material and pattern. 


Some exceptions to this rule are laddarback chairs and stools. 

Hans Olsen

Kofod-Larsen

Rattan 

Binding Cane

& Cane

Erik Kollig Andersen

Hans Wegner

Rattan or binding cane is a thicker gauge or cane used to wrap the backs and seats of many mid-century pieces creating intriguing patterns with depth and character. 

Binding cane is also used to wrap lamps, pod chairs, and to create magazines shelves for tables. 

Gio Ponti Style High Leggera Ladderback Chair

Gio Ponti Style

Fibre Rush Fibre rush is a very durable one-ply, twisted paper made to resemble real twisted bull rushes. 

Paper fibre or "fiber reed" was introduced when China had an embargo on rattan reed exportation. 


Paper fibre became the substitute for natural rattan reed. Material is wrapped around the four dowels framing the square of a seat creating four triangles.

Everything You Need to Know About Danish Cord

Danish Hook Nail or "L" Nails

Danish Hook Nails or "L" Nails

How is Danish Cord Attached to the Chair Frame?

Danish cord weaving is typically one-sided and only wraps around a single rung on all sides.

From the underside of the chair, you will see the cord is attached by specialty hook nails.


These nails are referred to as Danish hook nails or "L" nails.


Danish hook nails are designed specifically for Danish paper cord woven furniture. The Danish hook nails are imported from Denmark. 

Double Rail Danish Cord Chair

Hans Wegner Dining Chair 23

Hans Wegner

Hans Wegner Dining Chair 23

Chair Underside

Hans Wegner Dining Chair 23

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Hans Wegner Dining Chair 23

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The CH23 dining chair was one of the first chairs Hans J. Wegner designed exclusively for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1950 at the age of 35.


The CH23 chair incorporates many sophisticated details, the most notable for a seat weaver is the double-rail woven seat.

Double Danish cord has an extra step in the weaving process where the weaving wraps around two rungs and all the Danish cord material is pulled through the vertical wraps.

No-Nail Danish Cord Chairs

Yugoslavian Folding Chair

Yugoslavian Folding Chair

Hans Wegner CH25 Lounge Chair or Easy Chair

Wegner Chair 25

Skovmand & Anderson Danish Cord Chair

Skovmand & Anderson

Some mid-century modern designs do not use Danish hook nails to attach the Danish cord to the chair.


Examples being the Yugosalivian folding chair, the Hans Wegner CH25 Lounge Chair or Easy Chair, and the Skovmand & Andersen Danish cord chair.

Wegner CH 24 Wishbone or 'Y' Chair

Wegner CH24

Peter Hvidt Chair 317

Peter Hvidt Chair 317

Peter Hvidt Chair 316

Peter Hvidt Chair 316

Some chairs are woven in the rush pattern using Danish cord material. 


Rushing pattern Danish cord mimics traditional rushing with the Danish cord material.


Often these chairs have extensive slots that the Danish cord must be fed through which makes weaving these seats more labour intensive.

Examples of this style of Danish cord chair include the CH24 Wishbone or “Y” Chair designed by Wegner and originally released in 1949 and Model 316 Chair by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen for Søborg Møbelfabrik 1958.


Danish cord chair repair is very time-consuming. The variations of Danish weaves are specific to the chair style and dimensions. 


A properly restored piece is truly beautiful.

Moller Chair 71 - Pleather Chair Revived to Black Danish Cord

Pleather Chair Revived to Black Danish Cord

How can I Renew my Tattered, Torn, or Worn Out Pleather, Strapped, or Upholstered Danish Chairs?

Strapped Moller Chairs

Strapped Moller Chairs

Moller Chair 67

Moller Chair 67

Moller Chair 84

Moller Chair 84

H W Klein for Bramin

Corded Danish Chair

H W Klein for Bramin

H W Klein for Bramin

If you would like to breathe new life into your fabric, strapped, corded, or pleather upholstered Danish chairs with Danish cord look no further as Caning Canada provides this service.


The new life service includes:


1. Removal of the upholstery or pleather and all the fasteners.


2. Supply, pre-drill of staggered and correctly spaced Danish hook nails.


3. Supply and expert weaving of the Danish cord.

Stapled Pleather

Stapled Pleather

Layers of Strapping

Layers of Strapping

Pre-Drilled, Staggered, and Correctly Spaced Hook Nails

Pre-Drilled, Staggered, and Correctly Spaced Hook Nails

Moller 57 Danish Cord

Moller 57 in Danish Cord

What Other Fasteners are used to Attach Danish Cord to Chair Frames?

Danish Cord Fastened with Tack Nails

Danish Cord Fastened with Tack Nails

Tacked Danish Cord Chair Renewed

Tacked Chair Renewed

Danish Cord Fastened with Staples

Danish Cord Fastened with Staples

Stapled Cahir Renewed

Stapled Cahir Renewed

Caning Canada Woven Furniture Repair

At Caning Canada - Seat Weaving While RVing, we have been providing quality seat weaving services since 1986. 

At Caning Canada we truly love the depth and character we find in all types of woven furniture from around the world and throughout the ages. I can't help but wonder if these pieces were living beings what stories and insight they could share. As a person who loves to let my mind wander in the past and hear a person's storey I often find myself daydreaming of what the piece I'm weaving wants to share.


Caning Canada wants to make the restoration of your family heirloom or newly discovered treasure obtainable therefore our pricing is based on weaving style, the material used, and the attachment process and not the value of the piece. 

My husband David and I have rented our house, allowing us to travel this beautiful country in our RV while bringing our weaving services to a town near you. Caning Canada offers Danish cord, seagrass, fibre rush, cane, rattan, flat reed, and Shaker tape weaving styles.

Our Travel Plans


Cochrane, Alberta - September


We've decided that we will make a pick-up and drop-off run to Lethbridge from Cochrane if there's interest.


Penticton, British Columbia - First Two Weeks of October


If there is interest we will do a meet-up in Vernon from Pentiction, British Columbia


Fort Langley, British Columbia area - Mid-October to Mid-April with Meets-Ups in Vancouver


Our Travel Plans 2022


We will be driving from Vancouver to Toronto on the TransCanada Highway. If you are on our route and have a weaving project, send us a message.


Cities we're thinking of stopping at as they provide a nice day drive from stop-overs, Kelowna or Kamloops, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Ottawa, Kingston, Oshawa we'll be just 30 minutes from our planned campsite, London Ontario so we can check out Niagra Falls, Buffalo, and Detroit, and of course my hometown of Toronto. I'm really hoping to book the campsite by the zoo.


Most chairs seats and backs can be removed and then mailed to our winter site for repair if we aren't visiting your part of this beautiful Country. Send me a message for more details.


We currently have projects booked in Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Pentiction, Regina, Toronto, and Winnipeg.


Please send a photo of your weaving project to [email protected] or text us a 403-613-5801 showing the full piece, the top of the piece and the bottom so I can provide you with an estimate.


I will gather your contact details and add them to our booking list, then contact you before we get to your beautiful part of our country.


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