Replacement Webbing

for Bruno Mathsson Chairs
FLAX

Replacement Webbing for Bruno Mathsson Chairs can be Ordered in the following colours

  • Light Natural
  • Dark Natural
  • Black*

Linen webbing is resistant to tearing either when wet or dry and to the breakdown effects of light. The high gloss surface of the long fibres protects from soiling, does not fluff and is relatively fire resistant.

Flax grown and dressed using age old traditional methods is a perfect example of an environmentally friendly material.

*Black webbing is 100% polyester fibre in order to maintain a homogeneous colour throughout that does not fade over time.

Webbing and Flax

It has been established that the dressing of flax, Linum usitatissimum, has occurred for at least 7000 years making it one of our oldest crops. In Scandinavia, it has been both an important cultural plant and a part of the economy since the Bronze Age.

Flax is an annual, growing 50-130 cm high with a thin stem. It flowers in July with light blue or white petals. Each flower blooms for just a few hours but with many flowers on each stem a flax field is in flower for up to three weeks. The crop is harvested approximately one month after flowering with each plant torn up with its roots and then stripped of its seed. The crop is then aired.
Weather permitting, the most common method for

airing is ground retting with the flax lain directly on the ground for about four weeks. During this period the plants binding agent, pectine, breaks down making it possible to separate the exposed fibres. This part of the handling process requires careful judgement based on experience as it is the most important in determining the quality of the fibre.

Once the plants are aired and dried mechanical handling can begin. The crop is first crushed to isolate the fibres from the rest of the plant then combed to separate the shorter lengths used for tow-yarn from the higher quality long fibres which have a high gloss.

The long fibres are prepared into a continuous thread which is repeatedly doubled and thinned in order to make the final yarn as smooth as possible.

The prepared yarn is softened with hot water and stretched to the thickness required for spinning. This wet spinning is necessary to achieve a high uniform quality.

Pairs of thread are then twisted into the single strong yarn ready for the loom on which the final webbing is woven.

Linen webbing is resistant to tearing either when wet or dry and to the breakdown effects of light. The high gloss surface of the long fibres protects from soiling, does not fluff and is relatively fire resistant.

Flax grown and dressed using these age old traditional methods is a perfect example of an environmentally friendly material.