Peter J. Lassen is the man behind Montana, whose simple and functional designs have become classics. From a career as a naval officer, Peter J. Lassen switched to the furniture industry in 1954, and worked with the architects Arne Jacobsen, Jørn Utzon, Piet Hein and Verner Panton for many years. His association with these architects can be seen clearly in the clean lines of his design. He founded Montana Møbler A/S in Hårby, on the Danish island of Funen in 1982. Joakim Lassen is the fifth generation of his family to work with furniture and the great grandson of manufacturer Fritz Hansen. Today, he is Managing Director of Montana and in charge of product development.