Blest Chair: Natural Oak
Blest Chair: Natural Oak
Blest Chair: White Oak
Blest Chair: White Oak
Blest Chair: Sumi Ash
Blest Chair: Sumi Ash
Blest Chair: Indigo Ash
Blest Chair: Indigo Ash
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Blest Chair
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Blest Chair
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Blest Chair
Blest Chair
Blest Chair
Blest Chair
Blest Chair
Blest Chair
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Ariake × Anderssen & Voll

Blest Chair

$804

$804

SKU: ARK-BLS-CHR-NAT-OAK

Average lead time: 40-60 days

$804

SKU: ARK-BLS-CHR-SMK-OAK

Average lead time: 40-60 days

$804

SKU: ARK-BLS-CHR-IND-ASH

Average lead time: 40-60 days

$804

SKU: ARK-BLS-CHR-WHI-OAK

Average lead time: 40-60 days

$804

SKU: ARK-BLS-CHR-RED-ASH

Average lead time: 40-60 days

$804

SKU: ARK-BLS-CHR-SUMI-ASH

Average lead time: 40-60 days


Description

Anderssen & Voll’s starting point for Blest was a demonstrably sturdy timber seat with a comfortable inside contour as the main feature. Then they threw in a curve by adding a thinner, solid-wood backrest and named the chair for the Norwegian word for “wind”—alluding to the look of a sail or a banner waving in the breeze.

Specifications

Size

  • 29.5" h x 16.1" w x 18.3" d (75x41x46.5cm)
  • Seat height: 17.9" (45.5cm)

Material

Oak, ash

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Brand

Ariake

Ariake translates as “daybreak” in Japanese and perfectly signals a new beginning for the union of 2 of that country’s well-established furniture companies, Legnatec and Hirata Chair. Drawing from Japanese and Scandinavian influences, the coalescing brand engages a roster of well-known international designers for its diverse collection, including Copenhagen-based mainstays Norm Architects and noted Swede Steffan Holm, along with Anderssen & Voll (Norway), Gabriel Tan (Singapore), Keiji Ashizawa (Japan), Shin Azumi (Japan) and Zoe Mowat (Canada).

First conceived when a group of the designers gathered for an intensive design workshop that took place in the small town of Morodomi in southern Japan, the expanded collection employs tactile natural materials and rich finishes. Superbly crafted furnishings are fashioned in oak, ash, hinoki and cedar woods; buttery leather; paper cord and fine upholstery fabrics; as well as unique Japanese-inflected finishes. Each piece is crafted in Morodomi, from Mowat’s Aiizome storage cabinet painted with sumi ink, red dye and two shades of Japanese indigo, to Ashizawa’s evocative plumply cushioned Raft platform sofa, to Anderssen & Voll’s sculpted-wood Blest side chair with its curved back reminiscent of a sail.

Designer

Anderssen & Voll

"A good product builds and expands on tradition but at the same time, it breaks with tradition," say Anderssen & Voll, the Oslo-based design team that is consistently breaking new ground in the international design world. After 10 years of collaboration at the Norway Says design company which they cofounded, Torbjørn Andersen (born 1976) and Espen Voll (born 1965) began their eponymous firm in 2009 and have received repeated recognition for the wide range of their work in furniture, textiles, electronics, lighting and home accessories. Accolades include Norwegian and Scandinavian designers of the year, Wallpaper Award, IF Award and the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize.

The studio's client list includes leading European names Muuto, Wrong for Hay, Foscarini, Kvadrat, Erik Jørgensen and Filip Technologies. However they also value collaborations closer to home, in the finest Norwegian tradition with Jøtul, Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik, Fjord Fiesta, Røros Tweed and LK Hjelle. "Change and elements of surprise stimulates thought and reflection–even for people who are not very interested in design and even if the change is not radical," they say. "That tiny second of reflection is the window of opportunity where we can communicate with the users and that is what we are looking for."


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