Bensen U Turn Chair
Designed by Niels Bendtsen
Bensen U Turn Chair is a modern evolution of the familiar club chair archetype. Its sophisticated form allows it to be used in a wide variety of aesthetic environments from traditional to the most modern, and is suitable for contract use. Arravanti has been proudly representing the entire Bensen line for over 15 years.
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Its most distinctive visual element is the seat under-cut which provides foot space for greater ease when getting out of the chair. The generously scaled seat, back support, and luxurious seat cushion achieve superb comfort while occupying a surprisingly small footprint.
Bensen is a design and manufacturing group founded in 1981 by Niels Bendtsen. Along with his staff, Bendtsen designs and oversees production of an extensive line of furnishings.
Our philosophy balances simplicity and honesty so that the designs may continue to grow in today’s ever changing world.
Born in Denmark, Niels Bendtsen has always been exposed to design and craftsmanship. After emigrating in 1951 to Canada, he began to apprentice under his father, a cabinetmaker who worked under Jacob Kjaer, and continued to build Scandinavian furniture when in Canada.
Starting in 1963, Bendtsen had his own retail store where he sold his father’s designs, as well as other pieces from Scandinavia. Through this retail experience, he started to learn more about design and manufacturing, and in 1972 he sold his store and moved to Denmark to work as a full time designer. While there he worked for a number of Scandinavian companies, including Eilersen. It was during this time that he designed the Ribbon Chair, which sits in the MoMA’s permanent collection.
In recent years, Bendtsen has really hit his stride, creating pieces that are not only affordable and high in quality, but also elegant and incredibly versatile, adaptable to many different spaces with their timeless look and visual logic. Today, he supplies many pieces to DWR in the United States. Bensen has expanded outside North America to be distributed throughout Europe, Japan and Australia, and has received many acknowledgments from the design community and international publications.
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