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Danish brand &Tradition has introduced Wulff, a lounge chair whose upholstered form pays tribute to the hand-crafted designs of the 1930’s. A time that marked the foundation of the Golden Era of the 'Danish Modern', master carpenters and architects in Denmark began working together on furniture, combining carpentry traditions with the increasing sculptural courage of architects. This saw a move away from clunky, over-embroidered design aesthetics of prior eras to a more holistic experience, where all pieces melted together in a simple yet decorative and organic mode of expression.

Exemplary of this time, where we see the likes of the Little Petra chair breathe its first breaths, the Wulff lounge chair promises superior craftsmanship and outstanding comfort with luxuriantly soft upholstery that covers its seat and backrest, details which generally define Danish design of the 1930’s. Intended as a lounge chair for the living room or bedroom, its architectural shape will add a stylish statement to any interior. A selection of fabrics are available for the upholstery, while the wooden legs and armrests come either in oiled walnut or white oiled oak. 

Find out more about the Wulff chair here.

Anna Church, the Toronto-based NZ sculptographer who I interviewed here, has released an incredible new body of work. The Necessary Art Of Noticing tells a floral language adrift from traditional forms of flourishing bouquets or arrangements, through 12 magnified photographic fine art prints captured in four chapters: In the Stillness, In the Gestures, In the Vanishing and In the Nuances. Composing an alchemy of hand foraged flora layered between abstractly nuanced painted surfaces, arrangements of still life and decaying flora present themselves in suspended animation or as line etchings. All of which are distilled into a magnified photographic form. 

In the Stillness 

“This year compelled me (and many others) to assess our lost ability to interact with pared back, simple pleasures. In a perpetual Lockdown and stripped of usual distraction, I began to adapt and find creativity within the absent. With my pandemic puppy in hand, I walked the long snow covered trails of the Don Valley foraging and gathering plentiful nuggets of inspirational ephemera”. —Anna Church

In the Nuances

In the Vanishing

Visit Anna's website to see the full series and to learn more about the ideas behind these incredible works. There's also an inspiring video showing a behind the scenes look into her creative process. 

I recently discovered All Matters, a Stockholm-based design studio founded by a Danish architect and a Swedish entrepreneur. Sharing an extensive background in design and advertising, their mission is to create and produce high quality interior products developed from a Scandinavian design mindset, while at the same time incorporating a holistic approach with sustainability in mind. From material choice through to production methods, All Matters is guided by the principle of minimising the impact of the environment. At 3daysofdesign in Copenhagen last year they launched an innovative modular concept for rugs WOODEN LINK 01, and most recently they have released the EMBLA Stool 03. 

Fredrik Widén, Director at All Matters says they’re very picky about where the material they use comes from, and how our products are produced. They try to source local materials and use local manufacturers whenever possible. Their rugs are hand-tufted in Portugal and the EMBLA Stools are handmade in Sweden by carpenter Gustav at Nils Verners Verkstad located outside Uppsala. The EMBLA Stool 03 was first launched in elm, sourced from the vicinity of the Fyris River, North of Stockholm. The newest edition is made of European oak.

Named after the first woman in Nordic mythology, EMBLA Stool 03 is inspired by the simple shape of an old milk stool. Designed to be used as a decorative piece in the home, I think it would make a beautiful addition to a living room space, and Frederik says he himself uses them as small bedside tables.

Images courtesy of All Matters

Danish brand Vipp has added expanded the Cabin furniture collection introduced last year with a new counter stool. Characterized by Vipp's high-quality design and craftsmanship, the high stool is made of solid oak with elegant details such as invisible joints that make the stool appear as if it has been cut out of one piece of wood. In addition, the construction gives the illusion that the seat floats over the legs of the stool.

The home of Sofie and Frank Christensen Egelund / Styling by Colin King / Photography by Adrian Gaut

The Cabin bar and counter stools are treated with oil which adds a silky soft surface which shields it from everyday wear and tear while preserving the tactile structure of the wood. The padded cushion is wrapped in soft aniline leather, which patinas beautifully over time and provides a high level of seating comfort. A small, curved backrest is shaped so that it provides optimal support for the back. A slim steel footrest adds support to the feet, while ensuring stability.

“Vipp's love for good craftsmanship started with the pedal bin in 1939. It lies fundamentally in our DNA to keep a strict focus on details, quality, and durability, regardless of the materials we work with,” emphasises Kasper Egelund, CEO and third generation Vipp owner.

The home of Sofie and Frank Christensen Egelund / Styling by Colin King / Photography by Adrian Gaut 

The Cabin counter stool is made for the kitchen island and is an obvious choice for Vipp's new V2 kitchen in dark oak, aluminium, and marble. The name 'Cabin' was inspired by an architectural project that Vipp will unveil later this year.

Images courtesy of Vipp

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