The chair was h83 × w43 × d49, seat : h49 cm. Natural ash, veneer seat.The table was h73 × 70 × 70. Natural ash. The name of the chair and table was Österlen, this collection was built in this historically strong part of south Sweden called Osterlen and designed by an even more southern person. Working with Gärsnäs was a great opportunity to design wooden furniture, it was impossible to do in France where no wood factory would request contemporary designer to work for them.
Mixed of the typical bent technics and high skills for fine assemblies of Gärsnäs was wanted. It was aimed to create a simple, light and quiet, but not minimalist- chair and table. It would be nice in contemporary homes or in older ones, good for domestic purposes as well as for contracts. The U cuts made into the legs and bent parts was the main characteristic of the chair design. These cuts aligned the curves of the round legs so the light gave the pieces in a different way, which a soft rhythm to the chair with shadowed or enlightened reliefs was given. The bent back’s cuts were created to bring comfort by increasing the angle with the seat. In the back support, those cuts gave it to be assembled with the bent back part.
The front legs of the table design were shortened and aligned to join the seat in a nice diagonal assembly. On their lower parts, the cuts aggravated the shape of the legs. Lightness to the furniture design and a kind of an élan was given.
It was called Österlen. The chair design possessed slices cut out of the bent back and round legs. A comfortable backrest was made. Neat joints with the square plywood seat and sharpen the line of the legs was created.
Corresponding cuts in the table legs tempered its corners. Stockholm Furniture Fair was placed 8-12 February 2011. Photographs were by Lennart Durehed.
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