The design of the Shoemaker Chair dates back to 1936 in Odense, Denmark. In the 1970s, the design was affiliated and assimilated by the Werner family who come from a long line of fine wood turners; a profession almost non-existent today. Over three generations the family have renewed and finetuned the Shoemaker Chair and reestablished the design and production to where it is today - a true archetypal classic. They have tirelessly optimized the chair over the years, adjusting minor aspects of the production flow and the finished product. For example, the T legs were added for extra stability and the seat re-shaped and rounded to offer greater protection to the topline in case the chair falls. On the island of Funen, The Werner Family worked from the woodturning joinery Gislev Drejerforretning, founded in 1913. The third Generation of the Werner Family is still part of the joinery. So, the designer and the woodturner are still one and the same.