Product news: Austrian design company Schmidinger Möbelbau has created a chair that's a cross between traditional alpine furniture and Danish modernism.
The Trix chair has been adapted from old alpine brettstuhl chairs, which are usually constructed from two interlocking planks, to include a continuous pre-fabricated shell that's more like Danish modernist Arne Jacobsen's Ant Chair.
Brettstuhls are often carved into elaborate forms, so Schmidinger Möbelbau have sculpted the backrests of these chairs into heart shapes and bored a hole with a similar form in their middle.
The dark elm wood legs are joined underneath the prefabricated shell and braced with a cross-shaped frame closer to the ground. The shells are finished in either anthracite, white, or pastel green colours.
Arne Jacobsen's simple and efficient chairs became popular in the 1950s, and his famous Ant Chair was recently customised by various artists and designers and auctioned for charity.
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