Product news: Swedish design consultancy Veryday picked up a Gold Award at the iF Design Awards last week for this wooden chair created for an art and design centre in Stockholm.
The ash version of the chair is available to buy at Artipelag, while a walnut version is set to be put in production soon.
The designers picked up their prize at the iF Design Awards in Munich on 22 February.
Other wooden chairs we've featured lately include a bent wood design that looks like it's wearing a cape and a plywood design inspired by beams used in the construction industry – see all stories about chair design.
Here's some more information from the designers:
This year Veryday (previously known as Ergonomidesign) has been credited with four iF Design Awards and are happy to announce that despite over 4500 entries, the jury honored the chair November with a Gold Award, which signifies the very best designs and is a confirmation of Veryday’s position internationally as one of the world's leading design consultancies.
The chair November, designed for Artipelag, the highly acclaimed new art and design center in Stockholm’s Archipelago, is a beautifully crafted chair made entirely out of wood. Björn Jakobson, the founder of BabyBjörn and the man behind Artipelag approached Veryday designers Peter Ejvinsson and Emmy Larsson only eight months prior to the opening of the center. The request was to design a chair specifically for the Artipelag with the potential of becoming a furniture classic. The requirements were that the chair should be comfortable, beautiful and durable. The architecture and interior design of the Artipelag is all about the interplay between art and nature; this as well as the muted light and long shadows of the low November sun inspired the design team in their design work. The soft shapes and surfaces creates lines that builds the character.
Most of the design work was done using scale models, carefully sculpturing each part of the chair by hand. This allowed the designers to dictate the smooth transition between the shapes and angles of the chair with full control, making sure the chair was beautiful from every angle. Not the least the back, which actually is the front when placed at a table.
"We wanted to create an extremely rigid and durable design, with a soft touch and feel and therefore I am so glad to hear that many visitors stop and want to touch the chair and sit in it," says Peter Ejvinson, industrial designer at Veryday.
Apart from the aesthetically pleasing and sophisticated form, the design team has also considered the ergonomic aspects. In short November is ergonomically designed for comfort. Of interest is also that this wooden artefact is manufactured at a carpentry with almost 100 years of experience of chair production, whilst using the latest technology to guarantee superb quality and longevity.
"This chair has a great ergonomic shape while still retaining all of its sculptural look and feel. It perfectly sums up excellent Scandinavian design and the Nordic tradition of handmade chairs, yet November is a dining room chair made by a machine. A round of applause and an iF gold award!" - t￼￼￼￼￼￼￼he official Gold Statement from the iF jury.
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