Arne Jacobsen’s Tongue Chair has a quite exceptional history. For many years, the Danish design classic was not in production until a few years ago when Danish design brand HOWE rediscovered the chair and took it under its wing and gave it a fresh lease of life. To top it all, this May, the Tongue Chair is going to be part of the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition, where designers Niek Pulles and Sebastian Herkner are going to reinterpret/re-frame the chair along with nine other classic Danish furniture pieces.
The Tongue Chair was designed in 1955 for Munkegård School in Denmark and was actually Jacobsen’s second completed chair design, just after the Ant chair. Later, the chair was placed in the rooms of the famous Jacobsen-designed Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, and was even modified to function as a barstool. Yet “the Tongue”, as it is colloquially called, was not available internationally until the 1980s, and even then only for a short period of time.
Being classic Arne Jacobsen, the Tongue has an instantly recognizable seat, which is shaped as an organic waveform. The seat is complemented with sculptural, splayed legs that come in chrome or powder-coated steel. Being made with veneer or upholstered with leather or fabric, every Tongue Chair is FSC certified. In that way, the classic design has been updated to meet modern environmental standards.
According to HOWE, their engineers have re-established the modern Tongue. While maintaining the aesthetics, the chair has been provided with additional strength through precision engineering and the add-on of modern materials.
We asked HOWE’s Marketing and Business Development Manager, Lars Bruntse, why they want the brand to be part of the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition:
“We have just opened a new showroom in Copenhagen and we are trying to enter the retail sector. HOWE is a contact brand, so the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition is therefore a welcome chance for us to obtain some high-profile exposure”, says Lars Bruntse, while mentioning that the HOWE showroom is open during all three days of 3 Days of Design.
The Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition will coincide with 3 Days of Design and take place at The Silo from 28 to 30 May.
The Silo – By & Havn