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Bessi Chair

Design by
Erla Sólveig Oskarsdóttir


Designed in 2000 by Erla Sólveig Óskarsdóttir, the Bessie Chair presents a balance of design simplicity and practical functionality. With its stackable nature and minimalist aesthetic, it’s been a choice inclusion in numerous projects throughout the years.

Bessi is available with a veneer back, in a fully upholstered version, and in black or white plastic. The frame can be either chrome, satin chrome or black painted. Upholstery in leather or fabric.

Technical information

General info

Design by: Erla Solveig Óskarsdóttir

Year: 2000


W: 55 cm x D: 57 cm x H: 80 cm


Model and material:

EO 5401 (w/ seat upholstery)
Frame: Chrome, satin chrome or black painted
Back: Black or white plastic, oak, beech, walnut
Seat: Fabric or leather

EO 5400 (stackable)
Frame: Chrome, satin chrome or black painted
Back and seat: Black or white plastic

EO 5402 (fully upholstered)
Frame: Chrome, satin chrome or black painted
Upholstery: Fabric or leather


2D drawing

Minimalistic and Elegant: The Bessi Chair with veneer back

The Bessi Chair combines a minimalist design with comfort in a compact and lightweight form. Its frame, featuring integrated armrests, seamlessly connects the core components, ensuring both durability and stability. Given its versatile attributes, the Bessi Chair is apt for a variety of environments, from private to public spaces.

The Bessi Chair with veneer back captures the essence of natural elegance. Available in oak or walnut, this version resonates with those who appreciate the warmth and texture of natural wood. The contrasting veneer back combined with an upholstered seat offers a blend of materials, resulting in a chair that’s both comfortable and aesthetically versatile. Whether opting for the soft touch of fabric or the refined elegance of leather for the seat, the chair promises comfort without compromising on style.

The diverse frame finishes further enhance its appeal, with options ranging from the classic chrome to the modern flair of painted steel, allowing the Bessie Chair with a veneer back to harmoniously fit into diverse settings, from living rooms to boardrooms.

The chair is also available with a plastic back for projects with merely practical needs.


Explore materials and colours

Please note that when using the configurator actual colours and materials may vary due to different screen balances and settings. Also, the versions shown in the configurator are supposed to be viewed only as examples as more materials are available for ordering.

The Bessi Chair at United Nations Climate Change Conference COP15

The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as the Copenhagen Summit, was held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 7 and 18 December. The conference included a large number of The Bessi Chair, where the then U.S. President Barack Obama was seated in the chair.

Erla Sólveig Oskarsdóttir

Erla Sólveig Oskarsdóttir is born in Iceland but got her education in industrial design from the Danish Design School in Copenhagen in 1993. She moved back to Reykjavik after finishing her studies to work as an independent designer. She works in furniture design and cooperates with companies in Europe and USA.