The Orange KEVI Feeling

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Orange KEVI Chairs

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Orange KEVI Chairs

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Orange Feeling Room with Orange KEVI chairs

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Orange KEVI chairs in the orange feeling room

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View of orange KEVI chairs

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Cantine

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KEVI chair

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KEVI en workshop

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KEVI en workshop

Published
23.05.2019

Conveying the spirit of Roskilde Festival and transferring it to a school environment is something very hard to accomplish – but the result has been very well executed.Engelbrechts has contributed to creating the orange feeling with a bespoke KEVI version.

It all started over forty years ago, with a music festival, which soon became one of the largest in Europe. If you’ve ever participated, then you’ll know what the orange feelingat Roskilde Festival is all about. It’s not a thing you can easily explain. It’s all about the spirit of the happening, the feeling of community, curiosity and openness. And it’s about sunsets, colours and smiles – and not to forget, the music.

How do you convey this into a folk high school? How do you interpret an experience and spirit into something like a school? How do you adopt the orange feeling from Roskilde Festival into a Danish folk high school?

“We worked together with Ramsing & Co., who managed all of the interior for us. It was important to us that the furniture would support and consolidate the orange feelinginto the different rooms. We really feel that they accomplished this task by choosing the furniture they did,” says Aske Erbs, Communication Officer and teacher at Roskilde Festival Højskole.

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Choosing Engelbrechts
Ramsing & Co is a Danish interior company that creates characterful and profitable furniture fittings for businesses and are the company behind the interior and the decision to use KEVI chairs from Engelbrechts.

“Compared to other projects that we’ve taken on over the years, the Roskilde Festival Højskole is special. It is special because they needed an interior solution that would reflect the festival, and the spirit of the festival, into a school,” says Claus Ramsing, Partner, Ramsing & co. He continues:

“In cooperation with COBE architects we discussed how the interior and the furniture could reflect the rawness of the building and the values that the festival represents – and also be able to withstand the usage of years to come.”

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The Right Chair
Choosing amongst a vast variety of chairs, Ramsing & Co. chose the KEVI chair from Danish furniture company Engelbrechts.

“We chose the KEVI chair because it had the right expression and would fit perfectly into the space and spirit of Roskilde Festival Højskole,” says Claus Ramsing.

The KEVI chair was designed in 1958 by Danish architect Jørgen Rasmussen. The chair quickly became an international success and the KEVI family has continuously grown ever since. The latest update was in 2016, when the family was expanded to include a four-leg stackable chair, which is used in the orange room at Roskilde Festival Højskole.

The Orange KEVI
At Roskilde Festival Højskole, there’s a special room, a room that oozes the orange feeling. And everything, except for a glossy black piano, is orange.

“To support the orange feeling we’ve made a bespoke version of the four-legged stackable KEVI chair. The seat, backrest, even the frame has been custom painted with the orange feelingcolour. It’s truly a unique product and it fits the spirit of the folk school perfectly,” says Christina Østergaard Nielsen, Marketing Manager at Engelbrechts. She continues:

“The spirit of Roskilde Festival Højskole, and the festival, is something truly special for a lot of people. With the bespoke KEVI chair, we feel that we have become a part of that spirit in a great way.”

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The Chair for Higher Learning
On top of the orange room, Engelbrechts has also supplied different KEVI chairs for the rest of the school, and generally supports a creative and learning environment for schools.

“The KEVI chair’s minimalism fits perfectly into a creative and learning environment. It does not distract from the task, while the comfort of the chair supports learning,” says Christina Østergaard Nielsen.

The KEVI has been around for over six decades and has proven itself as a great chair for the learning environment. Amongst many others, the Copenhagen Business School, the Danish Technological Institute and Cambridge University in the UK use the KEVI chair.

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