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Brdr. Krüger's new ARV Collection by Studio David Thulstrup for Noma

6.20.2018

Brdr. Krüger, the fifth-generation Danish furniture company, has collaborated with Studio David Thulstrup on a beautiful, bespoke collection of furniture for the new noma restaurant in Copenhagen. The furniture pieces – titled ARV (the Danish word for heritage) – have now become part of Brdr. Krüger’s core collection, available to buy through the Brdr. Krüger website and a select number of retailers worldwide.


Head Chef and Founder of noma, René Redzepi, commissioned Studio David Thulstrup to design the new home of noma, including a series of furniture pieces. Collaborating with Brdr. Krüger to create the new collection, David Thulstrup designed the pieces to complement the spirit of the new noma space.


Classic yet contemporary, the ARV chair is elegant and light, with signature accents of craftsmanship that make it incredibly tactile. Beneath the chair’s seemingly simple aesthetic lies a multitude of complex design details that push the conventional limits of craftsmanship. Featuring a sculpted form of fluid curves, the backrest of the ARV chair is designed to support natural human movement and provide optimal seating comfort, while the back leg has a gentle curve, organically connecting to the back and arm rests with delicate and precise joinery. A stunning element that further emphasises the craftsmanship behind the design is the hand-woven detailing, created from classic Danish paper cord.


Achieving the utmost in comfort for the seat was also crucial to Redzepi, whose wish for guests was to sit in an armchair without having the impression of sitting on a throne. The challenge was solved through the creation of a fine and restrained armrest for the chair to bring an understated formality.

“We were delighted to work with a native design brand on this special project for noma. Despite the short time frame and complex design, Brdr. Krüger put all their strengths and efforts into making the ARV pieces and our vision for the designs possible. The furniture collection that Brdr. Krüger has brought to life is a testament to their immense passion for craftsmanship and more than 130-years’ experience as leading Danish makers. The ARV collection reflects this legacy in Danish design whilst remaining true to the quality and progressive values of noma.”— David Thulstrup


The ARV table, which comes in both a round and square version, follows the design cues of the ARV chair and shares the same branch detailing in the joinery. To create a coherent and harmonious whole, Studio David Thulstrup and Brdr. Krüger worked to ensure that the armrest of the chair slides perfectly under the table top, ensuring perfect harmony between two.



“It is a great honour to be working with René Redzepi and David Thulstrup on the realisation of the furniture for noma. We have relished the chance to work with two of the most creative people in their field and have enjoyed a close creative partnership with like-minded creatives who celebrate enduring values and reinterpret them for a contemporary audience. The ARV collection has a subtle complexity; it draws on our solidity of Danish design heritage but strives forward with a lean contemporary spirit.” — Jonas Krüger, Creative Director of Brdr. Krüger

Traditional Danish design with a fresh energy and the spirit of a new generation of design. What a beautiful fusion and end result. 

Images via Brdr. Krüger

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