For Tatsuo Kuroda, sustainability is a matter of design. Knot Chair confirms his preferences in its comfortably enduring midcentury silhouette and appealing use of tactile materials like wood and paper cord. “For me, it is all about shape, touch and use,” the designer says. “I believe that fine products will be loved longer and that way become sustainable in the end."
28.25" h x 23" w x 20" d (72x58.5x50.5cm)
Seat height: 17" (43cm)
Stained ash, paper cord
“When Jan and I look at new designs for Normann Copenhagen, we take a very intuitive approach to the products,” according to cofounder Poul Madsen. “A picture can say much more than words and if we are both struck by what we see, we are interested.” Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen teamed up to create the Normann Copenhagen with a vision to shake up the contemporary design field. Now known the world over, they collaborate with new names and established talents from their native Denmark as well as internationally.
The company puts a premium on challenging conventional thinking in collections of tabletop products, lighting and furniture—with bold design strokes, innovative materials and a deft enjoyment of color. “We like products that have an original idea and a simple design, although we do not tie ourselves to a particular line,” Poul adds. “For us, the important thing is that the projects we get involved in bring something new into the world of design.”