All posts tagged: Chairs

New Herman Chair Upholstered with Fiord by Kvadrat by Ferm Living

On my radar: new furniture designs and home accessories from my favourites

Today’s ‘On my radar’ is a round-up of simple chairs, tables and accessories by some of my favourite Scandinavian brands. From Muuto and MENU to Fredericia and Ferm Living, there’s a focus on celebrating the honesty of natural materials and the craftsmanship that goes into making these designs. Workshop chair by Cecilie Manz for Muuto Workshop is a simple, new chair designed by Danish designer Cecilie Manz for Muuto. I spotted the design at Muuto’s new showroom in London (on Baltic Street East) and fell in love with its sturdy shape and clean lines. The chair’s frame and legs are made of solid wood, while the gently rounded back and seat are made of veneer. It’s an understated, honest design that celebrates craftsmanship, highlighting the beautiful, refined joints and natural grain of the wood. Manz says of her design philosophy: ‘I design things that have a meaning to me. My general idea is always to have a clear argument legitimising the designs that I make. Function is essential, and if I cannot formulate a good reason for a new product, it is better to refrain from making it.’ …

Fredericia furniture: The Modern Originals of tomorrow

Fredericia furniture: The Modern Originals of tomorrow

I’ve introduced the Danish design brand Fredericia before on the blog, when I visited their beautiful, light-filled showroom in Copenhagen. Today I am excited to delve a little deeper into their furniture collection and show you some of their designs styled in my own London home. Fredericia was founded in 1911 and named after the small Danish town of Fredericia, on the eastern edge of the Jutland peninsula. It has always been a family owned and managed company, from its modest beginnings as an upholstery workshop to its role in the emergence of Danish modernism led by designer Børge Mogensen in the 1950s. Today, it is a key player in the international design scene, collaborating with a host of respected designers, such as Jasper Morrison, Space Copenhagen, GamFratesi and Geckeler Michels. The brand strives to create what it terms ‘The Modern Originals’ – high quality, timeless pieces of furniture that are built to last and become even more beautiful over time. In-house designer Børge Mogensen had a philosophy for furniture that was ‘unpretentious, pure and honest’, and that message has stuck with Fredericia. Their designs are finely crafted armchairs that …

Hans J. Wegner's original Wishbone chair, CH24, expertly crafted in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Søns

Your Home Needs This: Hans J. Wegner’s Wishbone Chair

This is one of those series I had good intentions for but that kinda fell by the wayside over the Spring and Summer. Well, not anymore! It’s back – ‘Your Home Needs This’ is all about profiling beautiful design objects and pieces of furniture that I feel everyone should have in their home. From Vitra’s handy toolbox and Alvar Aalto’s stackable stool to Saarinen’s tulip table and Thonet’s bentwood chairs, I want to look back at classics that are timeless regardless of passing trends. You know, those designs that are built to last, that you’ll pass down from generation to generation. And as with a lot of classics, they’ve been copied to death over the years, so I want to bring the focus back on the designer and give you a little back story about how they were created. This time it’s the turn of Hans J. Wegner’s CH24, otherwise known as the Wishbone Chair. Created for Carl Hansen & Son in 1950, the Wishbone Chair has a lovely, sculptural silhouette, with a sweeping, rounded …

Soft Edge by Iskos-Berlin for HAY

On my radar: 5 furniture finds

In the second of my regular ‘On my radar’ posts, I share my latest favourite furniture finds that have popped into my inbox or I’ve discovered while out and about. This week we have Scandinavian moulded plywood chairs, customisable bespoke furniture and inventive solutions for the everyday from the end-of-year student shows… Soft Edge by Iskos-Berlin for HAY Soft Edge is a collection of lightweight moulded plywood chairs by Danish design duo Iskos-Berlin. Described by HAY as the next step in the development of moulded plywood techniques, the chairs feature a softly shaped seat and back. Subtly curved edges on the seat and back gently face away from the body, while legs come in a slender steel or a chunkier wooden frame. They’re stackable and light, perfect for cafes and canteens or for space-saving home interiors.    Orlo Mirrors Collection by Another Brand Orlo is a new range of wall and table mirrors made of solid oak and oak veneer, finished with clear or brightly coloured mirrored panels. It’s by Another Brand, whose designer and creative director …

The Discovery of Slowness by Susanne Westphal

Susanne Westphal is a Berlin-based designer who works on the intersection of graphics and product design. These two chairs shown here, titled Wooly and Stitch, were designed to question how we want to spend our time and ponder why we have less time now than ever before, despite inventing time-saving objects and things. They are unfinished – the user is able to finish, change and modify the chair themselves by taking yarn off Wooly and threading it through the holes of Stitch. I love how Westphal describes the therapeutic concept of the chairs: ‘They [the chairs] want to hold you up for a while, to take you out of the rush of everyday life. Unwind. Decelerate. Slow down. Stop. As the sitter feeds the yarns in and out of the holes, the simple and monotonous action becomes an automatism and the user reaches the state of mental digesting – they are decelerating. You have the chance to reflect on the impressions from life. The more time you give Wooly and Stitch, the more they become comfortable and the more time you want to rest …

Arne Jacobsen’s Tongue chair relaunched

Furniture manufacturer Howe has relaunched the Tongue chair, originally designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in 1955. Designing furniture and designing architecture often went hand-in-hand for Jacobsen, for example his design of St Catherine’s College in Oxford included the Oxford Chair, which I wrote about previously. The Tongue chair was designed for Munkegaard School in Gentofte, just north of Copenhagen in Denmark, which led to the St Catherine’s commission. Virtually everything in the school was designed by Jacobsen from fittings, desks and chairs to lighting and curtains, as well as the gardens. Lars Bruntse of Howe said: “When the opportunity came our way, we simply could not let it pass. And we’ll admit it; we fell in love with this original and elegant design right away. And now we have the opportunity to give the Tongue the wider attention it deserves”. The Tongue has been relaunched in beech, oak and walnut veneers as well as stained veneer in black, white and teak. It is also available in both fabric and leather, in colours ranging from light pink to cognac.        

A furniture project by Muller Van Severen

  Belgian duo Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen describe their furniture collection as “landscapes for living in”. Their latest work is a quest for intersections, fusing a table, a staircase, a lamp, a seat, a chaise longue and shelves in one functional composition. In 2011 visual artists Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen decided to cross the lines of their individual disciplines -photography and sculpture- and embark on a mutual ‘furniture project’.  Together they developed a series of unique design pieces, minimal in form and detailing but maximal in its usability and use of materials. They say: “Whereas design mostly finds its origin in plasticity and form, we consider material to be the source from which a piece of furniture grows.  We have made a selection of different coloured marble stones that we combine withe metal profiles and coloured polyethylene cutting boards.  The colours-but also the patters in the marble stone- give the furniture movement, some kind of gracefulness.  This makes every piece of furniture unique.”   

Bang by Ai Weiwei at Venice Art Biennale 2013

Ai Weiwei has installed 886 three-legged wooden stools in the German pavilion for the Venice Art Biennale this year. In fact, the German and French pavilions have traded locations for the first time this year, so the works of Anri Sala, chosen to represent France, are on display in the German pavilion, while Germany has selected four artists, Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, and Dayanita Singh, to show their work in the French pavilion. In today’s China, the three-legged stool, manufactured by a uniform method and used throughout China in all sectors of society, is considered somewhat of an antique. Every family had at least one stool, which passed on from generation to generation. However, after the Cultural Revolution production of these stools plummeted and aluminium and plastic have superseded more traditional wood. Ai Weiwei sought out traditional craftsmen to create the 886 stools, and formed a structure out of them which sprawls through the various rooms of the pavilion. Susanne Gaensheimer, curator of the German pavilion said: “The single stool as part of an encompassing …

Clerkenwell Design Week: 2 (hundred) is company? by Assemble

With previous projects including the Cineroleum and the community-led Folly for a Flyover under their belt, young London-based architecture collective Assemble has turned their hand to furniture with a series of 200 chairs for Clerkenwell Design Week (May 21-23). Designed and built in their east London workshop at Sugarhouse Studios, the triangular chairs are dotted around Clerkenwell, from the historic Farmiloe Building to St James’ Church Garden behind Clerkenwell Green. The chairs were manufactured as a prototype low-cost DIY chair complete with instruction manuals for their fabrication, and Assemble has arranged, stacked and slotted them to create places to sit, eat and relax during the three-day festival. They can also be reconfigured to create larger seating arrangements, tables, amphitheatres, climbing structures and patterns. As Assemble said: “The sheer multitude of chairs will set up absurd and otherworldly situations that prompt speculation as to their purpose and turn their users into part of the performance.”    Images my own. You might also like… Jody Leach- Compact Furniture A favourite from Clerkenwell Design Week last year was this …

Hybreed by Charlotte Kingsnorth

London-based designer Charlotte Kingsnorth has upcycled a series of vintage and reclaimed chairs with fleshy biomorphic forms in different fabrics including velvet. Chair frames are either picked up by Kingsnorth or donated to the designer.  The chairs are hand sculpted and stitched at her London studio, each one unique and informed by a mixture of instinct and the form of the chair frame. The cushioned additions remind me of the bulbous forms of Louise Bourgeois’s flesh-like sculptures. Images