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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.

The material used for woven mid-century furniture was typically Danish cord, seagrass, rattan or cane, and pre-woven cane.


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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Mid-Century Modern MCM Weaving Samples and Explanations - Caning Canada

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 Danish cord material woven in a certain style.

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 or the traditional rushing pattern. Chair frames are designed to accept a specific style of weaving and are therefore not interchangeable. 

Some furniture designs weave the material through slots in the chair frame taking the material down in front of chair rails or the back slats.

The 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.

The weaving is one-sided and only wraps around a single rung on all sides. From the underside, you will see the cord is attached by specialty hook nails.

These nails are designed specifically to weave Danish paper cord and are imported from Holland. 

If you would like to refresh your upholstered Danish chairs with Danish cord Caning Canada can provide the upholstery removal services and the Danish nail supply and installation along with the Danish cord supply and weaving. 

These Danish cord chairs use staples to attach the cord to the chair frame. There is an extra charge for these chairs to remove the staples and install Danish hook nails where possible.

Poul Volther Chair 361 which was produced for Frem Rojle in Denmark in the 1960s is one example of a Danish cord-woven chair that would originally have the material fastened with staples. 

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. 

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

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

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.

Arne Vodder 1926 - 2009

Arne Vodder was born in Denmark in 1926. Trained as a cabinetmaker and architect. Arne Vodder studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen under Finn Juhl. Arne Vodder graduated in 1947. Arne Vodder designed for Bovirke, Cado, France & Son, Fritz Hansen, Ivan Schlechter, Slagelse, and Vamo.

 Armchair model FD186 designed by Arne Vodder and manufactured by France & Son, Denmark 1956.

ERIK WØRTS 1916 - 1997

These chairs were designed by Erik Wørts and produced by Wørts Møbelfabrik in 1957 in Denmark.

H W Klein for Bramin 1919 -

Henry Walter Klein was born in Norway in 1919. Klein studied at the Technical School of Denmark where Finn Juhl taught. In 1959, he finished his design studies and founded his own workshop. In 1960 he designed for furniture manufacturer Bramin

I have seen these chairs woven in a cord that is no longer manufactured, woven both one-sided and wrapped under the bottom without the use of Danish nails. We replaced the corded chairs with a Danish paper cord.

Børge Mogensen 1914 - 1972

Børge Mogensen was born in Aalborg, Denmark. He began his studies in furniture design at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen in 1936. Borge Mogensen made the concept of “Danish Modern” known throughout the world. 

Mid-Century Børge Mogensen Dining Chairs by Søborg Møbelfabrik 1954.

Kofod-Larsen 1921 - 2003

Kofod cane back lounge chair woven in the Hans Olsen style.

Erik Kollig Andersen and Palle Pedersen produced by Horsnaes Møbler in the 1950s-1960s

Poul Cadiovius 1911 - 2011

Pia chair designed by Poul Cadiovius

Skovmand & Andersen

Skovmand & Andersen Danish cord chair.

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 2021

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Mid-July - Mid-August

Edmonton, Alberta- Mid-August to end of August

Cochrane, Alberta - September

Penticton, British Columbia - First two weeks of October

Vancouver Area - Mid-October - Mid-April

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.

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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