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David Ericsson's Madonna Chair for Gärsnäs Arik Levy's Split chair for Ton Arik Levy's Split chair for Ton Arik Levy's Split chair for Ton Ane Cecilie Vemøy's Belly Chair Ane Cesilie Vemøy's Belly Chair Ane Cesilie Vemøy's Belly Chair Carl Hansen & Son's CH88 chair Monica Förster's Unna chair for Zanat Monica Förster's Unna chair for Zanat Monica Förster's Unna chair for Zanat
31 Mar 2015

Roundup: top wooden chairs of 2015 (so far)

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A modern icon from Gärsnäs

Madonna chair

The slender form of David Ericsson's Madonna Chair for Gärsnäs is inspired by the 19th century Chiavari chair – another Italian icon. Its delicate limbs are milled on a CNC machine, while thin layers of beech veneer are moulded for a seat and backrest that almost appear to be draped over the frame.

The chair is available with or without armrests and can be stained black or russet. The seat and backrest can also be made from vegetable-tanned leather.


Bend and split


Arik Levy brings together contemporary design with 150-year-old wood bending techniques to create his Split Chair for Ton. "The wood is divided into two parts and each part is bent in a different direction. It is a new experience for me, the Ton Company and the product itself," says Levy.

The rounded sections of beech or ash are steamed for several hours before placed in metal forms and attached to a flage, which uses pressure to shape the wood. The Split chair is finally sprayed with a gradient of colour from a palette Levy devised for the range. The Split collection, which also includes stools and armchairs, will be launched at the Salone del Mobile in Milan next month.


A belly-full of charm

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Ane Cecilie Vemøy's Belly Chair features a deep bulge in the lower portion of its back, which forms a continuous scroll of smoked oak veneer. The Bergen Academy student says the unusual shape allows the user to store personal belongings or hang the chair on a table. The turned oak legs are attached via a steel frame.


Carving a niche


Bosnia-based Zanat has introduced Unna, a softly curved chair that uses a UNESCO-protected woodcarving technique to add texture to the backrest.

The shape of the wooden chair's seat and backrest almost mimics the volume of a padded seat; although, it is can also be used with a moulded cushion in leather for additional comfort. The light wood chair, by Monica Forster, can be stained to emphasise the form of the carvings.


Wegner's colour universe

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Carl Hansen & Son has reimagined Wegner's CH88 chair with a colour palette inspired by the designer's "colour universe". The chair was produced in 1955 as a prototype and reintroduced last year to mark the centenary of Wegner's birth.

Comprising two distinct visual schemes: the CH88 is now available in a bold red-brown, orange-red and petro green; and in monochrome, white, black and grey.


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