Called Österlen, the chair has slices cut out of the bent back and round legs to make a comfortable backrest, create neat joints with the square plywood seat and sharpen the line of the legs.
Corresponding cuts in the table legs soften its corners.
Stockholm Furniture Fair takes place 8-12 February 2011.
Photographs are by Lennart Durehed.
The text below is from Inga Sempé:
The name of the chair and table is Österlen, to support the fact that this collection is built in this historically strong part of south Sweden called Österlen and designed by an even more southern person. Working with Gärsnäs was a great opportunity for me to design wooden furniture, - a thing that is not possible to do in France where no wood factory would ask contemporary designer to work for them. I knew that it would be nicely built with the high knowledge of this historical company.
I wanted to mix the typical bent technics and high skills for fine assemblies of Gärsnäs. My aim was to create a simple, light and quiet - but not minimalist- chair and table, that would be nice in contemporay homes or in older ones, good for domestic purposes as well as for contracts.
The main characteristic of the chair is the U cuts made into the legs and bent parts. These cuts flatten the curves of the round legs so the light hits the pieces in a different way, which gives a soft rythm to the chair with shadowed or enlightened reliefs.
The bent back’s cuts are made to bring confort by increasing the angle with the seat. In the back support, those cuts allow it to be assembled with the the bent back part.
The front legs are cut and flattened to join the seat in a nice diagonal assembly. On their lower parts, the cuts sharpen the shape of the legs and give lightness to the Österlen chair and table and a kind of an elan.
Chair, h83 × w43 × d49, seat : h49 cm. Natural ash, veneer seat.
Table, h73 × 70 × 70. Natural ash.
by Inga Sempé
by Inga Sempé