The J39 Portraits Tine Fischer
Tine Fischer has been involved with films throughout her entire adult life as a producer, curator, consultant, director, and founder of CPH: DOX and now as Director of the National Film School of Denmark. For Tine, movies are one of the vast, important collective spaces that people worldwide share every day, and in her opinion, movies help form and transform us and create the world and the stories we are a part of.
In Tine’s family home, located in an elegant, historic building in inner Copenhagen, furniture, design, and art play a significant role as she loves beautiful and durable objects with significance.
“ The People’s Chair is, in many ways, a kind of "people's property". It is a chair that many of us have grown up with it in our schools, libraries, churches, and many private homes. For me, the chair carries the story of the Danish welfare state most beautifully. ”
"Our J39 “People’s chairs” are vintage and were found at an auction many years ago. They are originally blue, and so many of our friends and acquaintances ask if we don't want to sell them, but that will never happen. I love them deeply if you can love dead things.
The People’s Chair is, in many ways, a kind of "people's property". It is a chair that many of us have grown up with it in our schools, libraries, churches, and many private homes. For me, the chair carries the story of the Danish welfare state most beautifully. Quality is not reserved for the few but the many. We are all invited along, and the chair thus represents a form of collective narrative and memory that lives in us across our different backgrounds. There are hundreds of “The People’s Chair” at the Film School and the Academy of Arts but also in community centres nationwide. It belongs to all of us.
We have chosen this chair for our home for many reasons; it lasts over time, has a history, you can sit on it for many hours around a dinner table, and I think it is beautiful.
I am an involuntary collector. As a child, I collected everything. Capsules, glass balls, beads, books, stones, shoes, films, letters, notes, notebooks, clothes, you name it. Once I get into a relationship with a thing, it feels like it becomes animated, and then I can't let it go again. And that's why I have items today that I bought when I was 15. When I started making money and got my own home, I also started collecting furniture, design, and art. I don't collect systematically and not at all as an investment; I like objects that carry meaning, are beautifully thought out, aesthetically designed and stay in my life over time.”
Explore more J39 Portraits
J39, commonly known as “the people’s chair”, has won the hearts of design enthusiasts worldwide for more than seven decades, and this year it has been 75 years since Børge Mogensen drew his immortal classic.
We mark the anniversary with a series of portraits visiting Copenhagen creatives having the J39 in their homes or studio to chat about what makes good design, creating a particular atmosphere and choosing furniture with the heart.
The design duo Cathrine Saks and Barbara Potts invite into a showroom with personal artefacts and classic design history.
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