THE DINING TABLE – A NATURAL GATHERING POINT

CH24_CH338_Oak Hans J. Wegner’s oval table series is the essence of his visionary design philosophy.        

Through the years, the table has played a key role in Danish furniture design, often being considered a central element in a room’s decor. Hans J. Wegner may be best known for his great love for chairs, but tables were also an important part of his visionary approach to design and his well-known minimalist expression. The Strand+Hvass design duo, whose tables, like Wegner’s, are also made by Carl Hansen & Son, follows the same approach.

The dining table in particular has always had a major impact on the way people spend time together. It is often around this table that we meet in the mornings or evenings. A unique gathering point in the home, its importance is often underestimated. Yet many of our most memorable experiences take place around the dining table – experiences that deserve the passion for craftsmanship that characterizes Carl Hansen & Son’s approach to design.

While today it is often the chairs that attract most attention, Carl Hansen & Son also offers a wide range of Hans J. Wegner and Strand+Hvass coffee tables andFolding_Extend_Oak_Detail dining tables. “The table is often overlooked as an element of home interior design and has not received the recognition that I think it deserves,” explains Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son. “For Hans J. Wegner, the table was an essential part of a room’s furnishings and function. Wegner focused on quality craftsmanship and paid tribute to natural and organic shapes and materials in his table designs. Wegner saw the table as being just as important an element in the home as his famous chairs.”

“It is a pleasure to see how contemporary designers such as Strand+Hvass approach the task of interpreting today’s dining table,” Hansen continues. “Like Wegner, they focus on creating designs with minimalist expression and interesting craftsmanship details and finishes.”

Easy table selection

For modern consumers, design that combines aesthetics and functionality is a major factor in home furnishings selection. Today’s consumers also value the opportunity to participate in the interior design process – and to find inspiration at any time of day or night. Carl Hansen & Son’s online table configurator makes it possible to quickly and easily explore the company’s extensive range of tables, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, to match any personal style and needs and to best complement the decor of a particular home, hotel or conference room.

Folding_Extend_OakWith its ingenious extension system, the Strand+Hvass Extend Table is the perfect gathering point for groups of all sizes.

Tables to dine at and gather around

Having designed over 500 different chairs – including the Wishbone Chair, Shell Chair and Wing Chair – Hans J. Wegner is renowned as the master of chair design. His passion, however, did not stop at seating, and he was equally enthusiastic about designing tables to match his chairs and vice versa. It was vitally important to Wegner that his table and chair designs were harmonious and fulfilled his strict quality and design requirements.

Wegner’s visionary approach to design is expressed in his elegant dining tables, which are based on classic geometric shapes. Featuring organic materials and shapes, the tables demonstrate Wegner’s unique talent for achieving harmony between form and function. Several of Wegner’s tables are the result of his experiments with combining solid wood and stainless steel, which adds a degree of lightness to the design. With their simultaneously simple and detailed designs, Wegner’s tables are well-suited to the current trend of juxtaposing soft and hard materials to create a modern look. Wegner also mastered the art of designing tables entirely of wood, creating a solid expression that is also appealing to the eye.

Carl Hansen & Son’s extensive product range includes furniture from the Strand+Hvass Danish design duo – the creators of the Straight and Extend tables. Straight is available with either a solid wood or laminate tabletop and solid wood legs. The tabletop rests on an aluminium frame, creating an almost floating appearance with strong links to light, bright Scandinavian style. Extend has a wooden tabletop and legs and is characterized by strong, simple lines. The table comes with built-in extension leaves that add room for up to four extra seats.

For further information about Carl Hansen & Son’s table configurator, visit www.carlhansen.com

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON

Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. The world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, Carl Hansen & Son also produces designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others. The company has 170 employees. All Carl Hansen & Son furniture is produced in Denmark and sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com.

Montana – Flexible Interior Design for Homes and Offices

At the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013 Montana gives inspiration to create an evocative crossover between home and office. The ingredients are modules, tables, chairs and colours that can be mixed in any combination at your choice and as you wish.

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The Montana palette colours fjord, peach, lemon drop and tokyo yellow connect the different ambiences. The delicate colours express themselves refreshingly and elegantly at a time.4_montana_living3_013

In office areas they lighten up and challenge the traditional colours of offices. In homes the colour tokyo yellow contributes to set off the dynamic shelving system, that set focus on the flexible possibilities of interior design with Montana. Shelves and dividers can be placed as you wish and the modules may be used alone or as combined modules – 2, 3, 4 or more – to an individual book shelf.

If, on the contrary, you need a closed storage module, the elegant handle less fronts with push effect give a smooth and sleek surface – with a unique and distinguished character in the colours peach and lemon drop.

Tables and Chairs

11_montana_ha2workThe light MP mini tables with top and frame lacquered in Montana colours are available in a number of sizes and in three different designs. They are ideal as sideboards, small dining tables or occasional tables in homes. For offices they are suitable for lounge ambiences, receptions and meetidjob_panton_green 001ng zones.

The Tivoli chair is a classic both for homes and businesses. With the five different versions the design becomes multi-flexible and the palette offers you discreet or spectacular colours – inside or outside.

New Ideas for the Office

Recycling at the office has become a part of the everyday life in modern companies. Montana has developed a selection of modules that provide easy waste sorting for recycling, such as light bulbs, batteries, printer cartridges, carton and paper. The modules are suitable for central islands in the office enabling everybody to dispose of their waste in a correct and safe way.

For the individual working place we have developed a number of new modules and components. There is space for personal belongings like the bicycle helmet, the fine shoes, the tie, the jacket, cosmetics and a small lockable room for objects of value.

Visit montana.dk and be inspired…..

Sitting Pretty

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If you are after an innovative, modern and stylish design for your next chair Softline could well be your answer.  As a well as their iconic Hello chair they have a number of very unusual and striking designs, all of which are extremely comfortable and beautifully made.

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Rio, with is quirky design by busk +hertzog , is a modern lounge chair. Its limber form is equally interesting from the front, the side and from behind. Perfect for placing centrally in a room or as part of a set.  RRP from £749.00

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Angel, again design by busk & hertzog, is an almost iconic design. Two combined elements form the seat and back in a single dynamic movement and with its unique swivel foot it makes a strong style statement. RRP from £1295.00 

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Cosy, by Matthias Demacker, is a lounge chair with a special twist. You can either use it as a low chair or modify it into a cosy wing chair with a high backrest by lifting the back to a higher position. RRP from £1295.00

All Softline furniture is available in various fabrics or you can provide your own.

www.softline.dk

The Wishbone Chair – a behind-the-scenes look at a classic

The Wishbone Chair – famous for its distinctive wishbone-shaped back – was designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949 and has remained in continuous production at Carl Hansen & Son ever since. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the Wishbone Chair to gain insight into the creation of this world-famous design icon. 

Hans J. Wegner left nothing to chance when his Wishbone Chair was to enter production. On account of the intense working relationship between the designer and the joiners, Wegner decided to move in with Carl Hansen’s family on the Danish island of Funen so that he could monitor every single process at the factory first-hand during the final, critical weeks. He was adamant that the final result should not be compromised, and made a point of personally supervising all phases of the production process up until the launch in 1950.

100 processes and three weeks later…
The unique aspect of the Wishbone Chair is the simplicity of the Danish Design gem’s appearance. But – as with true love – the smooth surface conceals hard work.

To create the finished product, Carl Hansen & Son’s craftsmen spend around three weeks preparing and assembling the 14 parts that make up the chair and hand-weaving the seat. In fact, over 100 production steps are required to make a single chair, and most of the processes demand manual work. The smell  of the wood, the feeling of the curvature in the lovingly steam-shaped backrest, and the inspection of the final sanding are some of the aspects that dictate whether each individual chair meets Wegner’s stringent demands.

The unique seat is woven by specially trained staff: an experienced weaver spends about an hour producing one. The seat, which requires 120 meters of cord, can only be made by hand as the manual process ensures a finer weave that provides the best possible sitting experience.

“On account of its expressive, graphic appearance, the Wishbone Chair is an icon for everything Danish Design stands for: the finest craftsmanship, a sense for detail and the material, user-orientation, and superior durability. With his Wishbone Chair, Wegner proved that it is possible to create something truly trail-blazing by studying tradition. In fact, this is the only way to design something that extends far beyond its own time,” says Christian Holmsted Olesen, Head of Exhibitions and Collections at Designmuseum Denmark.

Today, the Wishbone Chair is in great demand internationally. It enjoys a privileged life, taking pride of place at some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world including Restaurant Nimb in Denmark and The National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. It is also an immutable fixture on the cosmopolitan furniture scene.

In Asia, the Wishbone Chair is so hugely popular that the Japanese market alone accounts for more than a quarter of its annual production. In contrast to the Scandinavian markets, where light wood is the preferred choice, Japanese purchasers are more tempted by the darker shades of walnut or cherry wood.

 Interesting facts about the Wishbone Chair:

  • The Wishbone Chair consists of a total of 14 parts.
  • The production process comprises more than 100 steps.
  •  It takes three weeks to make one Wishbone Chair.
  • In all, there are more than 150 unique combinations of the Wishbone Chair.
  • The seat of the Wishbone Chair is woven from 120 meters of paper cord. This is enough to rappel all the way to the ground from the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London – and still have nine meters of cord to spare. 
  • In the mid-1990s, the height of the Wishbone Chair was increased by 2 cm to reflect the increase in height of the population. 
  • In Japan, where purchasers prefer the models in dark wood, the chair is still sold in its original height.
  • The Danish market purchases the most Wishbone Chairs. The second-largest market is Japan, and the rest of the production is sold in countries all over the world today.
  • The Wishbone Chair was the first Hans J. Wegner design to enter serial production.

  

The Wishbone Chair is available in ash, beech, oak, maple, walnut and cherry, with coloured, oiled, stained soap, or lye-treated finishes. Three versions of the woven seat are available: natural, white and black. The chair has a seat height of 45 cm, and is 76 cm high, 55 cm wide, and 51 cm deep. The recommended retail price starts at £411 excluding VAT.

          

 Note to Editors: Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. Carl Hansen & Son is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, and our portfolio also includes designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others.
Carl Hansen & Son has 165 employees. Our furniture is produced exclusively in Denmark
– and sold all over the world. Find out more at www.carlhansen.com.

Hay Relaunches FDB’s Classic Furniture

 

70 years after the launch of the first FDB furniture Hay is now taking on production of quite a few of the classic pieces. Functional and democratic design for the people was the thought behind the furniture production FDB started in the 1940’s. “This democratic thought is close to Hay’s philosophy”, says Christian Skovhus, of Icon of Denmark, brand agents for Hay in the UK.

 

The furniture is an important part of Danish design history and is very apt for now, a period when people have less money to spend on designs for their homes. “It has always been Hays most important task to produce quality and durable designs at a reasonable price, and that is why we are taking on this project” informs Rolf Hay.

 

The FDB collection from Hay consists of 5 chairs designed by Poul M. Volther, Jorgen Baekmark and Folke Paalsson as well as a table designed by Jorgen Baekmark. The furniture is made from beech and available in beech as well as in black, white, grey and coralPrices range from £118 for chairs and £237 for tables, the furniture will be available from November.

 

 

 

The collection will be available at the Hay store in Covent Garden

For stockists www.iconsofdenmark.dk

 

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