Danish design is strongly shaped by the Danish Modern wave dating back to the middle of the last century. The late great designers of the period, such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen, each put their touch on the idea of what a chair should look like. Designers of today do the same, and here we delve into three contemporary chair designs that all expresses a modern idiom.
The Stingray is a rocking chair designed by Danish designer Thomas Pedersen for the Danish furniture brand Fredericia. The dynamic chair invites a variety of sitting positions, and the unconventional organic shape emerged as a response to today’s modern lounging requirements.
The chair invites the user to sit back and relax in a whole series of ergonomic positions. The bold design is daring and unorthodox, while at the same time it’s possible to see the inspiration from fibreglass chair deigns of the 1950s.
Constructed with a vacuum mould, rather than heat injection, the outside of the Stingray is hard-wearing, yet smooth and glossy. The frame is constructed without any transverse lines or seams, so as to accentuate the chair’s floating appearance. Stingray is designed both in a high gloss polypropylene version, as well as a fully upholstered version. The plastic version can be used outdoors when mounted on a stainless steel frame.
The ICE chair, designed by Danish designer Kasper Salto, just before joining forces with Danish designer Thomas Sigsgaard to become Salto & Sigsgaard, marks a milestone in the history of Danish furniture brand Fritz Hansen: ICE was the first chair from the hand of Fritz Hansen that was equally suited for both indoor and outdoor use. The chair, with its rib-like back, incorporates the virtues of classic chairs of the past while the choice of materials points to the future.
The base is natural anodised aluminium and the seat and backrest are made of ASA-plastic, a both sturdy and sustainable choice. The result is a lightweight, highly comfortable and hard-wearing chair. The ICE chair also comes in a version with armrests and also with a black aluminium base, while the ICE series also comprises the ICE table with matching design language.
The Prince chair is designed by Danish designer Louise Campbell for the Danish furniture brand HAY. This chair was originally designed in 2001 for a competition with the remit to design a chair for His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
His Royal Highness has lived a life full of contrasts. These contrasts were the inspiration in designing the chair, according to the designer. On one level it resembles fine old lace. There is a point to the transparency of the chair – it is hard for a prince to hide from the public eye. On the other level the chair is produced using visibly high technology methods.
By using modern manufacturing processes, it is possible to pierce two very different materials – steel and rubber – with precisely the same pattern. The steel creates the framework of this chair, the rubber gives it softness and comfort, a refreshing alternative to upholstery. In this way, the chair showcases contrasts in terms of old and new technology and production methods.