Friday Furniture Art

This chair to me is ART.
Simply gorgeous. 

Love the way the leather is draped over the wooden structure. 

This is a keeper.

Hardened Leather Chair

Hardened Leather Chair is based on an ancient technique used to make strong, self-supporting structures such as leather armour and corsets. In the process, natural leather is soaked in gradually heated water and subsequently moulded into shape. As the leather dries it hardens and keeps the shape, thus taking on a structural role instead of its traditional use as upholstery. In form, the chair resembles moulded plastic, but the leather has a very different texture and expression, and this self-supporting leather upholstery offers a natural alternative to the use of synthetic materials in the furniture industry. The frame is made in ash wood with a soap finish or black stain. The chair received the Swedish Green Furniture Award in 2014.

Nikolaj Steenfatt Thomsen
b. 1987, Danish furniture designer

Nikolaj Steenfatt graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, furniture and spatial design, in 2013. In 2014, Green Furniture Sweden awarded Steenfatt the 1st prize for his Hardened Leather Chair. He was awarded a grant from Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation in 2013 and the Grete Jalk Honoray Grant from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2012. His lamp IMPASTO Pendant was presented at the Copenhagen gallery Superobjekt’s exhibition Edition One in 2013, which focused on the physical presence of works that one can walk around, smell and touch. Other recent exhibitions include IMPETUS, a special exhibition of selected graduation projects in Copenhagen in 2013 and the Stockholm Furniture Fair in 2013.

Steenfatt’s furniture and product designs are created in an intuitive and experimental process that tests and challenges material properties. He works with a wide variety of materials, including self-invented composites, leather and wood. Serendipity plays a key role in his experiments with materials, textures and alternative working processes where random developments are allowed to influence the outcome. Combining this intuitive method with systematic analysis, he merges industrial and hand-crafted qualities in an industrialized one-off production approach. He strives to challenge design and production processes without compromising on functionality.

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