In 1954, following his initial success at the Salon des Arts Ménagers, Paris of 1953, Pierre Paulin began a collaboration with Thonet-France, for whom he designed a number of pieces, most notably desks and chairs.
It was at this time that he designed the ‘CM 141’ desk. with its black lacquered steel frame, black melamined writing surface and block of two drawers in ash veneer. A long way indeed from the rounded, organic forms which characterised Paulin’s established style in the 1950s and 1960s, this functional, minimalist desk is a direct descendant of the Bauhaus movement.
Ligne Roset is reproducing this desk in 2008 under the name Tanis.
Tanis, by Pierre Paulin, for Ligne Roset
Stacked up like poker chips, each ring is 95mm tall with lacquered tabletops.
Babel Cocktail Table, by Fredrik Mattson, for Blå Station
Looks like a bad chair day.
Corallo, by Fernando Campana, Humberto Campana, for edra
Displayed at Illums Bolighus in Copenhagen, and subsequently sold at auction, proceeds to the Danish AIDS Foundation.
Series 7 chair, by Arne Jacobsen, for Fritz Hansen
Inspired by spaceships and jet fighters, Kinzo Air is a new range of office furniture designed by German architects Kinzo, The Trio just picked up a red dot award for their new office furniture system that kitted out the new headquarters of Germany’s leading tabloid and Europe’s largest Newspaper ‘Bild’., owned by publishing giant Axel Springer.
Kinzo Air, by Designer, for Kinzo
The Space lounge series is designed by the German design duo Jehs+Laub and comprises a lounge table and lounge chair in a dynamic design and new materials. The light look of the chair can be varied through a choice of different colours and upholstery to adapt the series to the individual space.
Space, by Jehs+Laub, for Fritz Hansen
Hans J. Wegner (1914 – 2007).
Born in 1914: Tønder, Denmark where he completed his early education and was trained as a cabinet maker. In 1936, at the age of 22 he attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, returning later as a tutor.
He worked as an assistant to Erik Møller and Arne Jacobsen until 1943, helping on their design for the Århus Town Hall, and adding some of his own furniture. In 1943 he opened his own office and came out with the Chinese chair which, along with his 1949 “Round” chair would provide the basis for many of his later chairs.
Interiors magazine, in America, put the Round chair on the cover in 1950 and called it ‘the world’s most beautiful chair,’ catapulting Wegner into international fame and sparking a profitable export market. It became known simply as,The Chair and began making high profile appearances like the televised 1961 presidential debates between Nixon and Kennedy. Of the design Wegner said, “many foreigners have asked me how we made the Danish style. And I’ve answered that it…was rather a continuous process of purification, and for me of simplification, to cut down to the simplest possible elements of four legs, a seat and combined top rail and arm rest.”
Inspired by classical portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs, Wegner created series of chairs that helped establish Denmark as an international leader of modern design. Of this seies the Wishbone Chair is widely considered to be his most successful design.
In the early 1960s he came out with several variations on the Bull chair which came with or without horns, and was a fine example of the line Wegner could masterfully walk between elegance and playfulness. “We must take care,” he once said, “that everything doesn’t get so dreadfully serious. We must play – but we must play seriously.”
- Danish Design
Teddy Bear Chair, Circle Chair, CH 07, Wishbone Chair, Bull Chair.
Biography: Hans Wegner
Recommended reading: Danish Chairs