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The recycling of a classic

In 2018 the upholstered chair is back at the core of the contemporary Scandi style. With upholstering comes a possiblity to work with different fabrics and play with colours. And, you can re-upholster an old chair as long as the shell is intact. The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) had a bunch of 30 year old No 7 by Arne Jacobsen. These classic chairs have been in use every single day over the years and when the original fabric had worned out DR decided to re-upholster instead of buying new furniture. The result is fab! Spot on the contemporary look combining qualitative fabric with well chosen colours into a sleek yet pragmatic elegance.

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Chair No 7 by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen (1955). Re-upholstered by architecht Tommy Topp at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation in textile from Kvadrat (2018). Shell in pressure molded sliced veneer, legs in steel. Photo copyright DR.

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Chair No 7 by Arne Jacobsen recycled with new textile from Kvadrat (2018). The upholstered Series No 7 Chair is one of the most comfortable chairs you can imagine. Originally designed for the SAS hotel in Copenhagen. Photo copyright DB.

 

 

Architectual moves, Arne Jacobsen, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fritz Hansen, In the Season 2018-08-11

Embraced by Nendo

Nendo and designer Oki Sato have created a new wooden chair for Danish brand Republic of Fritz Hansen. Being the first wooden chair from Fritz Hansen since Arne Jacobsen’s Grand Prix (1957) expectations been high on Nendo. But as ever, Oki Sati show how to combine curiosity of form with a pragmatic approach to comfort. ”The brief was to design a new wooden dining chair that would be comfortable and at the same time meet their aesthetic requirements”, says Oki Sato. Who took it as a challenge to finalise a chair which is contemporary, yet maintains the traditional and historical feel of the brand. No1 has a strong, even bold, form but…form follows function, and in this case the function of feel good : ”Both sides of the seat have a gradual incline, helping realise a comfortable seating experience, as if one’s body is being embraced. In my opinion, this part of the design has this in common with the identity of the flagship chairs of Fritz Hansen, the SwanTM and the EggTM.”
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No1™ armchair by Nendo for Republic of Fritz Hansen™ (2018). Solid oak/oak veneer. Lamp Caravaggio P2 by Cecilie Manz. Photo copyright Republic of Fritz Hansen™.

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In another setting: chair No1™ by Nendo for Republic of Fritz Hansen™ (2018) is developed to function in private as well as public spaces. Here with the interesting Essay table by Cecilie Manz (2009) and Suspense pendant by Gamfratesi for Lightyears (2013). Photo copyright Republic of Fritz Hansen™.

Contemporary Scandi, Fritz Hansen 2018-04-30

Marble fantastic!

Marble is an amazing material, not only beautiful but also highly functional. Several Scandi brands use the precious stone for furniture, kitchen, bathroom, small objects etc. Republic of Fritz Hansen™ recently relaunched two classic tables by Poul Kjaerholm with marble tops in a sophisticated beige or tone-in-tone anthracite black. It looks fab! And adds a new dimension to the concept of visual sustainability!

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PK61™ coffee table by Poul Kjaerholm (1929–1980) for Republic of Fritz Hansen™ (1956). Top in beige limestone (2018) originating from the south of Italy. Photo copyright Republic of Fritz Hansen™.

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PK54™ dining table by Poul Kjaerholm (1929–1980) for Republic of Fritz Hansen™ (1963). Top in anthracite Petra marble (2018) originating from ancient Persia. Photo copyright Republic of Fritz Hansen™.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fritz Hansen 2018-04-03

A horse in the attic

Like a bee in the bonnet for some of us; horses, horses, horses! How sweet to have your horse at hand, right outside your room…if you’re 6 years old and hooked on the pony world! In this Stockholm Old Town home the owners have restored the attic into a contemporary living room. And have their childrens rooms guarded by the sweetest of ponies.

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In the attic; ponies and a contemporary interior! Vintage Ant chair by Arne Jacobsen (1952) for Fritz Hansen, table DLM (Don’t Leave Me) by Thomas Bentzen for Hay. Lamp Arco by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos and sofa from Ligne Roset. From a feature by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Stellan Herner.

Castiglioni, Contemporary Scandi, Fritz Hansen, Hay, Scandimood 2017-08-27

The stylish limited edition

Since some years the Scandi brands have taken to launch a limited F/W collection. This Fall we see lots of limited editions, may it be a collectors item, like Gloria Solid Silver by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Klong. Or a sassy raincoat from Stutterheim…Let’s take a look:

Swedish eco-brand Klong celebrate 15 years by presenting an anniversary collection focusing on innovation and sustainability and the combo creative art + fine craftsmanship. Among the objects, Gloria Solid Silver by Broberg & Ridderstråle, is a given collectors item. Gloria is handmade in collaboration with acknowledged jewellery designer and goldsmith Rey Urban (1929–2015).

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Gloria Solid Silver, candle holder by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Klong (2016). Sterling silver, 41 x 44 x 7,5 cm. Photo copyright Klong.

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Gloria Solid Silver, candle holder by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Klong (2016). Sterling silver, handmade by Rey Urban. Photo copyright Klong.

Fritz Hansen knows how to make their iconic chairs, like The Ant™ by Arne Jacobsen (1952) trendy and contemporary.  In Fritz Hansen’s limited edition Choice 2016 The Ant™ is dressed in a warm grey-dyed oak veneer with powder-coated bronze legs which lends a subtly weathered look to this sleek beauty.

 

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The Ant™ by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen (1952) in grey-dyed oak veneer and powder-coated bronze legs (2016). Photo copyright Fritz Hansen.

 

And who but Swedish brand Stutterheim (”Melancholy at its driest”) launches an edition of rain gear both stylish and trendy! Coat Odenplan comes in black, green, navy and sand.

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Odenplan Green by Stutterheim (2016). Handmade crombie coat in waterproof bonded cotton. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

Arne Jacobsen, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Contemporary Scandi, Friends, Fritz Hansen, In the Season, Stutterheim 2016-09-24

Oxford in colour

Can’t help it, but I am a sucker for the sleek 60s… Especially iconic pieces of furniture updated with contemporary comfort and colour. When Arne Jacobsen designed the Oxford Chair in 1965 he was looking for a seating solution for the professors at St Catherine’s College at Oxford University. Oxford became synonymous with status and prestige. The new edition dispenses with hierarchy, and the original high back, to echo a more modern approach to work.

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Oxford by Arne Jacobsen for Republic of Fritz Hansen™ (2016) was originally designed in 1965. Photo copyright Republic of Fritz Hansen.

Republic of Fritz Hansen™ – Oxford™ from Republic Fritz Hansen on Vimeo.

Arne Jacobsen, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fritz Hansen, Videos 2016-02-23

60 and forever young

Last year was a year of anniversary editions as several iconic designers and furniture pieces from the Scandinavian modernistic era were celebrated. Chairs and sofas, tables and lamps were re-launched and/or up-dated. We also got pastels en masse, enough to keep us going well into 2015… And yet, it’s always fun to party! Congrats to Chair 3107 ™, aka The Series 7 Chair ™ (nicknamed ”Sjuan” in Swedish) by Arne Jacobsen. Originally presented in 1955 and said to be the most copied chair in the world. Ironically it was itself a ”copy”, or at least inspired by an Eames chair!

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The original Series 7 Chair ™ come in teak plywood and was re-launched in 2014. Available at Fritz Hansen. Photo copyright Fritz Hansen.

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Scandinavian Design, book by Ulf Hård af Segerstad (1961). In less than 6 years ”Sjuan” had become a classic and listed as such in every important design book from the time.

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…and the 2015 Anniversary Edition in dark blue and pale pink. Photo copyright Fritz Hansen.

Arne Jacobsen, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Fritz Hansen, In the Season 2015-01-29

January kitchen

Add a little bit of softness to the classic Scandi look, and it becomes very contemporary.

Photo Copyright Mathias Nero

Superelips table by Bruno Mathsson and Piet Hein, Sjuan chair by Arne Jacobsen, both for Fritz Hansen, chair J49 av Börge Mogensen för Fredericia, Costanza lamp by Paolo Rizzato for Luce Plan, vase Pony by Carina Seth Andersson for Skruf, glass plate Kastehelmi by Oiva Toikka for Iittala, cup SPM by Signe Persson Melin for Rörstrand and napkin Herbarium by Stig Lindberg for Ljungbergs Factory.
Styling Cia Wedin, photo copyright Mathias Nero, for Lantliv SE, issue no 2/15.

Arne Jacobsen, Börge Mogensen, Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fredericia, Friends, Fritz Hansen, Iittala, Luce Plan, Oiva Toikka, Signe Persson Melin 2015-01-24

Grand Prix

Grand Prix ™ chair by Arne Jacobsen (1957), was recently relaunched by Danish manufacturer Republic of Fritz Hansen. The combination of the original design, including the wooden legs, and a range of fine colours makes Grand Prix ™ very contemporary. Petrol blue, Dark grey, Sage green…

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Styling by Christine Rudolph, photo by Ditte Isager. Published with permission from The Republic of Fritz Hansen.

Arne Jacobsen, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Fritz Hansen 2014-11-25