Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik has established a collaboration with French designer Patrick Norguet. And now, with a great respect for the values and excellent craftsmanship that the company represents, Norguet has designed a new classic.
Askø. A tiny Danish island – and now a chair. For French designer Patrick Norguet, Askø was the perfect connection between Danish design and Danish history. The island became the main inspiration for his new chair, which, in the end, received a more international name: ASKO.
Patrick Norguet had a plan from the start. The design of the chair would follow the distinct look of Erik Jørgensen furniture, which had been built on their enormous knowledge of upholstery.
“In this first collaboration with Jørgensen, the idea, from the beginning, was to design a collection of iconic products in keeping with the brand’s distinguishing attributes: generous and rounded shapes and materials, in this case, leather,” explains Patrick Norguet.
The chair is made of a metal frame and rounded shells, which are then upholstered in either leather or fabric. It rests on an elegant metal base and features a swivel function. The first model of the chair, with its low back, has a very casual look; a second version will have a headrest to add extra comfort.
“We worked on an assemblage of cushions and volume to create Asko, a sculptural and generously-sized armchair whose sensuous body rests on a metal base,” says Patrick Norguet.
In the spirit of the original Erik Jørgensen furniture, the new chair has a beautiful rounded form, but it also brings in a fresh edge to the old Danish company, showing another side of the brand’s potential.
“ASKO is a contemporary reinterpretation of an emblematic brand where quality craftsmanship meets modernity,” ends Norguet.
Erik Jørgensen launched the chair at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, which has just ended.
Erik Jørgensen Møbefabrik was founded in 1954 in Svendborg, Denmark, by saddle-maker and upholsterer Erik Jørgensen. The collection now consists of well-known classics from Hans J. Wegner and Poul M. Volther, as well as furniture produced in collaboration with new young designers. A passion for design and excellence in craftsmanship is what characterises Erik Jørgensen.