Danish design company Sibast Furniture is collaborating with Danish artist and world-known former musician Kasper Eistrup on a colourful piece of art. The work, called Sibast Sunrise No 8, is a new limited edition of the popular Sibast No 8 chair that comes individually numbered. To be exact, 88 pieces of personally signed, artistic furniture.
The stereotype version of Scandinavian or even Danish design is likely to be characterized using terms such as light wood, natural and neutral colours, without any unnecessary details. This was in fact also how Danish artist and former Kashmir-frontman, Kasper Eistrup discovered the popular chair No 8 from Danish design company Sibast Furniture a few years ago: clean and crisp.
He fell so much in love with the design and the associations that came along with the Sibast No 8 that he felt inspired to interpret the chair to turn it into a unique piece of art. Out of respect for the design, he reached out to Sibast with this idea before getting to work:
“Initially, I never intended to alter the chair as its expression seemed next to perfect, but the enthusiasm from Sibast led me to suggest a new perspective,” Kasper Eistrup tells.
Who Kasper Eistrup met when presenting his awe and intention about Sibast No 8 was the owner and grandson of the deceased designer, Ditlev Sibast:
“The passion and respect that Kasper showed me for Sibast No 8 – and the new perspective he suggested to bring to it – building a bridge between design and art in a new way and in a new context made me passionate about his idea. To be able to tell a unique story about the sun rising – about a Danish design heritage coming to life again – about a new perspective – it just made perfect sense!”
An element of continuity
Kasper Eistrup´s idea was to interpret the colours of a rising sun, which is seen and visualized in many of his paintings. Giving an unmistakable connection to Eistrup´s art, the sun is depicted as the seat of the chair and the colours of the sunrise with the nine sticks in the back. Leaving the dark blue sky depicted as the frame of the chair:
“Sunrise and sunsets have been reoccurring subjects in my recent work, representing an eternal spiral of passing and coming. In this context, it felt natural that the chair would embody a sunrise, the seat resembling the sun and the backrest it´s beams. Painting the prototype by hand, the colours were tweaked endlessly until we found a palette that looked like the sunrise I so dearly love.”
Clean, crisp and poetic lines
Sibast No 8 is a relaunched Danish design classic made by deceased furniture architect Helge Sibast, the grandfather of the company’s present owner, Ditlev Sibast. The family company has a proud history of wooden furniture-making, dating back to 1908. Since 2012, the fourth generation has been running Sibast Furniture with the same attention to detail, quality and craftsmanship as previous generations, however adding an extra level:
“The Sunrise represents a symbol of emphasizing the history and the re-launch of Sibast No 8. Our collaboration tells the story of an honest devotion to a design and a new coherence between art and craft. A process and a project like the Sibast Sunrise No 8 is at the core of our company: New perspectives on timeless pieces.”
Kasper Eistrup has personally signed each chair and concludes:
“It is a great testament to the virtuosity of its design that Sibast No 8 can carry an artistic re-imagination like this, while still retaining the original idea of its creator in clean, crisp and poetic lines.”
- To give unique detail to the chair, Eistrup has drawn the sunrise pictured in a round piece of brass embodied in one side of the chair.
- A custom-made box is included, which contains a certificate, charts of the selected colours and a description of the Sibast Sunrise No 8 story by Kasper Eistrup.