Kandya – Jason chair

Kandya Jason chair

Kandya Jason chair

Top of my hit list for furniture at the moment, is a Jason chair by Kandya. Made in the 1950’s its hard to find a good example for a ‘reasonable’ price. Formed out of one piece of plywood (the seat anyway) and found on either wooden legs or metal. If you have one for sale get in touch!

kandya jason chair

Jason chair on metal legs

– The above chair is now for sale – get in touch at nspyer@hotmail.com if you are interested!

The history of the British manufactured Kandya is best described by the V&A:

From the early 1950s progressive British taste fell under the sway of Danish design. The Jason chair was designed by a Danish designer Carl Jacobs but was manufactured by Kandya, a British firm. The lightweight, stackable, chair has gently tapering splayed wooden legs that are typical of Danish design of the period. The seat and back of the chair are folded from a single sheet of flexible plywood that wraps around the chair and joins below the seat in an expressive, though functionless, jigsaw puzzle type connection. In America the Eames and Eero Saarinen were experimenting with moulding single-piece chair seats and backs, but it required far simpler technology to bend plywood to achieve the same effect, as with this chair. Principally designed for domestic use, the Jason chair was in continuous production for almost twenty years, with metal legs as an option. In 1952 three hundred were installed in the South Bank Restaurant on the site of the Festival of Britain.


26 responses to “Kandya – Jason chair

  1. Helen Hargreaves

    I have 4 of these chairs in my garage. I have got one out which is in tact but needs a good clean up. From memory the other three the leg or legs have fallen off but I have all the legs. They would be for restoration as they could do with a clean up and the legs put back on.
    My husband’s parents gave them to us. The name Kandya is underneath the chair there was another label but has come off and states also 192 not sure what the number is for maybe 192 of a batch made.

    Let me know if you are interested.


    • Hello Helen,
      I have been looking for a Jason chair as a restoration job and what you describe sounds ideal. I only came across the “I Spyer” website you replyed to today and hope you don’t mind me answering to your message. Let me know if you are interested or have any questions.

    • Do you still have the Jacobs chairs? If so I am very interested. I have been looking for some for a while for my kitchen.
      Let me know, cheers

  2. Hello
    I have this chair, in pretty good shape. A little wear on the seat. Timber legs and black upper. I’m overseas at the moment, I live in London, back next week. Can send you some pics if you like?
    Yarra x

  3. David Somers

    I have three kandya chairs as shown above. regd design 871266. Apart from the fact that they could use a varnish (no, they havn’t been touched) and the plastic ends have worn through they are in fine condition. If interested please get in touch.

    • Hi David,
      I am interested in your three chairs do they have a wooden base or metal legs? plus are they the bare ply or a colour? plus where are you located in the uk?

      many thanks Lucinda

  4. Hi Nicholas,
    I have two C2 Jason chairs with black seats, would you be interested to see a picture of them?

  5. Hi Roger / Nicholas,

    I am interested in your 2 chairs aswell, I have 4 exactly the same and have been looking for 2 more, would you mind sending some pics to luc1nda@hotmail.co.uk.

    many thanks

  6. Nicola Barnes

    If any chairs left I am another interested party! Looking to purchase some for my new 1950s house. Please get in touch if you have some…..barnes.nicolaa@googlemail.com

  7. Hi

    I have four chairs available. The plywood has been painted in shades of blue/green but this could be stripped and they are otherwise in good condition. They have metal legs and have the original Kandya marking underneath. helen.woodbridge@btinternet.com

  8. Hi there!
    I also have four of these for sale with metal legs There are a few scuffs and chips in the paintwork but nothing major, so they are in good condition. Please let me know if you are interested by sending me an email and I will send some pics by return.

    Kind regards

  9. Does anyone have anything interesting to say here ?

  10. Marilyn Haddock

    We have 4 Kandya chairs for sale. They originally had red backs but have been painted over. However, this paint will be easy to remove as they were not sanded first. If you would like a picture please email me.

  11. I have two Jason chairs for sale in very good condition – wood legs, original finish all joints intact – one of the leg joints is slightly undone, but we have been using this chair for extra dining guests for 20 years and have had no structural problems.
    Please contact me for more information.


  12. hi,
    i’m looking for a jason chair on metal legs for a while. so, if someone still has one – please get in touch: chrische.majer@gmail.com. thanks.

  13. Hello, I’m looking for a set of jason chairs. Please get in touch if you have a set for sale… Thanks

  14. Hi im looking for 6 jason chairs that need a bit of love and attention. Please get in touch claire.mcfarline@gmail.com

  15. I am looking for a Kandya chair to purchase if anyone out there has one.
    Thanks so much.

  16. Hi,

    I have 6 bare Jason chairs on original painted metal legs, if anyone is interested please contact me ed@theabacusstudio.co.uk



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