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CH24 WISHBONE CHAIR | ENGRAVED LIMITED EDITION

18 April 2017

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As you know I’m a huge fan of Carl Hansen & Son (see a previous post here) and I’m excited to tell you that a limited edition of the CH24 chair – aka the Wishbone Chair – will be available on the 27th April with the designer’s signature engraved to celebrate Hans J. Wegner’s 103rd birthday.

*screams* I want it!

It is made for the first time of oil-treated elm sourced from North American forests as elm is no longer prevalent in Danish or European forests. The North American wood variety has a very distinctive structure with visible grain and vivid colour interplay with a natural, woven paper cord seat and all chairs sold on April 27 will come engraved with Hans J. Wegner’s signature and date of birth. Honouring the designers high craftsmanship standards the engraving is made on the wood’s surface with a laser, reproducing the signature with a high degree of detail, discreetly located on the interior side of the chair’s frame.

Wegner designed the Wishbone Chair, known for its distinctive wishbone-shaped backrest in 1949 and production began the following year. The CH24 is Carl Hansen & Son’s best-selling design and still imposes high expectations on the skilled craftsmen and -women who must handle and assemble the chair’s 14 parts and hand-weave a seat made from 120 meters of paper cord before the finished chair can leave the factory.

A true beauty and how I wish I was a collector… #oneday *sighs*

 

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MORE INFORMATION | The recommended retail price for the limited edition Wishbone Chair in oil-treated elm with a natural, woven paper cord seat is GBP 497 (excl. VAT).

To find your nearest Carl Hansen & Son dealer, call +45 6612 1404 or visit www.carlhansen.com

 
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CARL HANSEN & SONS RELAUNCHES CH23 BY HANS J WEGNER

8 February 2017

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It’s not often that emailed press releases get me excited but this one made my ears prick up, Carl Hansen & Son are relaunching the CH23 chair by Hans J Wegner.

In case you struggle to distinguish your Fritz from your Carl Hansen (the former’s best seller is the Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen and the latter’s is the Wishbone chair by Wegner) – or don’t even know what the heck I’m talking about – this is the Danish furniture brand started by master cabinet maker Carl Hansen over 100 years ago in 1908 that has been producing design icons to the highest standard in craftsmanship ever since.

I’m fascinated by the story of Wegner and Carl Hansen’s collaboration which started in 1949 to develop a unique chair series which in turn laid the foundation for an extensive furniture collection. During a short but intense period prior to the 1950 launch, the young furniture designer worked with some of the most highly skilled craftspeople at Carl Hansen & Son to create the CH22, CH23, CH24 and CH25 chairs – four designs with very different expressions, yet all bearing Wegner’s unique fingerprint and emphasis on high-quality craftsmanship.

Wegner was an accomplished cabinet maker himself and pushed the boundaries of Carl Hansen’s craftsmen by applying advanced design techniques such as steam-bent backrests, organic forms, complex constructions and seats made of woven paper cord and light coloured wood – all united in a simple and elegant expression – considered avant-garde at the time.

For us Wegner’s chairs are timeless and synonymous with Danish Modern, a style of minimalist furniture and homewares from Denmark based on the principles of Bauhaus modernism, creating pure, clean lines based on an understanding of classical furniture craftsmanship and coupled with careful research into materials, proportions and the requirements of the human body. Made from natural materials the chairs are durable and sustainable and even with their strong artistic expression clearly designed for everyday use.

 

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ABOVE | The relaunched CH23
 

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ABOVE | Detail of the CH23
 
 

Two of these chairs – the CH24, also known worldwide as the iconic Wishbone Chair, and the woven CH25 lounge chair – have been in production at Carl Hansen & Son for over 65 years. The other two, the CH22 and CH23, which have been out of production for various periods of time, are now being manufactured once again.

With the current relaunch of the CH23 dining chair, all of the master furniture designer’s first four chairs are again part of Carl Hansen & Son’s extensive Wegner collection. The Danish furniture manufacturer is bringing renewed focus to the period that proved to be Wegner’s most productive – a period when the CH26 dining chair also took shape. Conceived in 1950 and closely related to the CH22 lounge chair, the CH26 was never put into production; the drawings were only discovered in Wegner’s vast archives last year. The elegant chair with organic forms has now finally been brought to life and added to Wegner’s first collection.

And as if you need convincing but check out the beautiful product photography and close ups of details of the chairs below as well as one of the master himself: Hans J Wegner.
 

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ABOVE | The relaunched CH23 dining chair
 

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ABOVE | All four design icons in a room. From left CH25, CH22, CH23 and CH24
 

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ABOVE | Lounge Chair CH25
 

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ABOVE | Wishbone chair in black and olive
 

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ABOVE | Hans J Wegner at work

 

 
MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Carl Hansen & Son with thanks
 
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BELGIAN DESIGN | ETHNICRAFT FURNITURE BRAND

23 November 2016

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CIRCLE dining table in teak
 
 

Do you remember me talking about how much quality craftsmanship especially in the form of wooden furniture we saw in Antwerp? One of the brands we met was Ethnicraft furniture who introduced us to their product and design philosophy of creating simple, authentic and functional furniture with respect for the environment and society. Needless to say they had me at ‘hello’.

All of their furniture is made from solid wood of certified origin whether it’s teak from Indonesia, French or Serbian oak or black walnut from the USA, it all originates from well managed forests making it an environmentally friendly material and ultimately contributing to a cleaner environment.

Currently Ethnicraft have taken over a quirky old building in the Old Town of Antwerp where their furniture is styled alongside other pieces from universo positivo, Notre Monde and classic design brands like Hay, Kartell and Menu to name a few. Sadly the lighting wasn’t great so I’ve decided to show you some of my favourite images from their catalogue instead.

Apart from the amazing quality of the wood and craftsmanship the design really stood out for me with simple lines and innovative solutions like the BLACKBIRD storage cabinet which has shelves to display special items as well as a door behind which to store maybe less special stuff. The slim black frame and legs gives the piece it’s name and I think it works really well in a contemporary and minimal environment.

I also loved the BOK chair with it’s single bar backrest, smooth edges and contemporary design – all the attributes of a future classic. Another really clever twist on an essential piece of furniture is the WINDOW side table where you can show off your favourite things underneath the glass surface just like a display cabinet.

Working with designers from around the world you can tell the different influences in Ethnicraft’s range with eg oriental influences by top Indonesian interior design studio Grain and Green or Toronto based product designer Heidi Earnshaw who takes influences from Japanese and Scandinavian design. It all works seamlessly together and is combined by the beauty of their core product: wood and all it’s different colours, grains and shapes.

I could almost get philosophical here aligning this to our world and calling for more tolerance in society but maybe that’s a post for another day. 😉

 
 

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BLACKBIRD storage cupboard in oak

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BOK chair in oak

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ORIGAMI desk in oak

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SIMPLE coffee table in oak

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FRAME PC console table in teak

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WINDOW side table in oak

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OSSO stool in walnut

 

 
MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Ethnicraft furniture
 

Our Function and Form Bloggers Tour Antwerp was kindly supported by City of Antwerp, Design Center De Winkelhaak, Ethnicraft, universo positivo and Notre Monde. All opinions expressed are my own.
 

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DORSET SERIES TWO BY ANOTHER COUNTRY

18 July 2016

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A couple of weeks ago I went to the launch of Dorset Series Two by Another Country – one of my all time favourite British contemporary craft furniture and lighting designers.

Inspired by British country kitchen style as well as traditional Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork Another Country aims to re-interpret the spirit and functionality of these honest forms of furniture for a modern customer. Beautifully finished and built to last, both in terms of construction and style their products are made from certified solid woods in the UK and Europe ensuring to work in a sustainable way in their workshop in Dorset.

Like any piece of craftsmanship you can only really appreciate it’s quality and finish when you’ve laid hands on it and let me tell you I wanted to stroke those stools and desk all night.

Alongside this beautiful new series of furniture and lighting Another Country exhibited The British Surfing Landscape – A series of work by photographer Tom Shaw looking at the landscape of the UK at its most popular surfing spots. The style and tone of these photographs ooze the same calm, sophisticated ease as the handcrafted products and show that you don’t have to head abroad to find some great surf spots.

 

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MORE INFORMATION & PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY | Another Country
PHOTOGRAPHY ‘THE BRITISH SURFING LANDSCAPE’ | Tom Shaw
 
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TIMELESS BY REX KRALJ

5 February 2016

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I’m so excited to introduce you to furniture brand Rex Kralj and their new visual identity today. It’s a collaboration between some of my favourite photographers, designers and conceptual thinkers for a brand that is exceptional in it’s heritage and forward thinking.

Rex Kralj was founded by Niko Kralj in 1952 in Slovenia and has become known for it’s contribution to 20th century industrial design with pieces being exhibited in some of the worlds most renowned museums – MoMA, Designmuseum in Copenhagen, MAK Vienna, Pinakothek Munich and Museum for International Design in Prague.

The key words for the new visual brand identity were ‘simplicity, nature, heritage, craftmanship, details and light’ according to NU Interior Ontwerp who came up with the theme of light and dark for the new catalogue called ‘Timeless’, referencing the future and heritage of the brand.

I love the simplicity and mood of the photography and looking forward to holding a printed copy in my hands. This is more like a lookbook or even picture book bringing the furniture to life and into play by narrating the story of an imaginary protagonist from morning / light to evening / dark. So subtle and oh so beautiful with minimal styling, sensitive art direction and crisp photography by Wendy van Woudenberg from Beeldsteil. Graphic designer Naomi from Pretty Unexpected put the layout together and you can see a PDF version of it if you register your email on the Rex Kralj website.

In the meantime enjoy these wonderful shots from their ‘Timeless’ catalogue.

 
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MORE INFORMATION | Rex Kralj
PHOTOGRAPHY | Wendy van Woudenberg, Beeldsteil
CONCEPT | Nu Interior Ontwerp
 
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