Having spent the last 3 and a half hours working standing up, looking at a well-designed desk that you sit at is a refreshing break. Don’t get me wrong, I choose to work standing up, my desk can raise and lower, and I really do try to work standing for at least 4 to 5 hours a day. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a piece of quality design, and a desk you sit at.
Starting this October you will be able to pick up one of Poul Kjærholm’s tables originally designed for the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in 1955. Poul Kjærholm was a master at blending steel and wood together to create a minimalist yet functional form. His design aesthetic is expressed perfectly in these two tables. Both are characterized by clear forms and light grace, the tables made a significant contribution to the designer’s reputation as a pioneer of Danish functionalism.
Produced by Carl Hansen & Son, the tables will be available with tops made of Oregon pine or oak veneer, and with oiled, varnished or black-lacquered surfaces. The steel frame comes lacquered in black or grey. Each table can be fitted with a drawer of either oiled, varnished or black lacquered oak. The Professor Desk (PK52) is 28 inches high, by 72.4 inches long and 33.4 inches deep; the Student Desk (PK52A) is 28 inches high, 55.7 inches long and 33.4 inches deep. Both tables will be available for purchase in October.
One of my all time favorite pieces of furniture is Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair. While I am usually a fan of keeping things true to the designers original intentions, I have to hand it to Carl Hansen & Son for teaming up with textile giant Maharam to create a stylish line of upholstery options for the iconic 1963 classic’s 50th anniversary. The pattern choices and color pallets match the mid-century modern design aesthetic, and don’t diminish from the graceful lines of the chair itself.
“On the occasion of its 50th anniversary and ICFF, the perpetually innovative Shell Chair serves as a foil for Maharam’s diverse range of textiles, including homespun wool textures, re-editioned designs of the Wiener Werkstätte and Alexander Girard, collaborations with Hella Jongerius and Paul Smith.
20 special Shell Chairs, each with a different Maharam textile and coordinating wood frame, will be on view for a month as part of the Maharam Shell Chair Project starting May 17th at the Carl Hansen & Søn showroom at 304 Hudson Street.”