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A Tired Man wins prestigious award

Five years after the relaunch, by Lassen’s armchair is honored with another accolade from the industry.


The Danish family-owned company receives a prestigious German Design Award for the second time. This time for armchair The Tired Man, in the category Excellent Product Design — Furniture.

— We are incredibly grateful to have won this award, and it means a lot to us as we take pride in continuing and giving new life to Flemming and Mogens Lassen’s furniture. The award shows that the chair has a design language and form that is still relevant and attracts attention here almost a century after it was first introduced, says Søren Lassen.

The jury praised The Tired Man, saying:

”With its round and compact design language, the reproduction of this classic armchair from 1935 radiates timeless elegance and a pleasant sense of cosiness.”

Others clearly agree as interest in, and demand for, Flemming Lassen’s chair has continued to grow in recent years, embodying a trend for softer, more comfortable armchairs.

The Tired Man was originally designed for The Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Competition in 1935, where it turned heads with its organic, curved shapes and soft, tanned lambskin padding. Architect Flemming Lassen himself stated that sitting in the chair should make you feel ”as warm and safe as a polar bear cub in his mother’s arms in the middle of the ice sheet”.

Years later, in 2014, an international collector shared Lassen’s own unconditional enthusiasm when he bought an original edition for a staggering DKK 1.42 million (EUR 190.000) at Bruun Rasmussen’s Auctions, breaking the record for the most expensive Danish chair ever bought at auction. Since then, by Lassen has built on this success by producing the chair in both lambskin and textiles, and adding a comfortable footstool to complete the design.