Inspired by the Scandinavian tradition of free-flowing furniture shapes, Anders Klem's armchair is defined by its curves. “A Conversation Piece is a very organic looking chair," says the designer. "It’s full of interesting details like the way the back leg becomes a fork that holds the backrest and seat together." Comfort is also key, with the ability to change positions when seated while still having proper back support. With its shell in oiled oak to emphasize the surface grain, the chair's upholstery fabrics have been carefully selected to complement the natural wood.
- 32.6" h x 27.5" w x 32.6" d (83x70x83cm)
- Seat height: 16.5" (42cm)
Solid oak, plywood, polyester, MDF, PUR, laminated veneer
Not many people would give a successful brand a name-changing reboot but that’s exactly what Søren Ravyn Christian did with Umage, which aptly translates from the Danish as making an extra effort. Formerly lighting label Vita Copenhagen, the relaunched company also branched into furniture, boldly debuting 15 pieces in a single swoop. For Søren, it’s all about problem solving: “Our design ethos is to look at a design and think how can we make this functional?... How can we make the annoying and unattractive, functional and attractive?”
The answer is range of thoughtful offerings, from the feathered Eos pendant light to the sculptural Reader chair and multipurpose Lounge Around seating. All Umage products are flat-packed in stylish boxes, to simplfy global logistics, make the products more accessible and minimize the carbon footprint. “It means putting in the extra effort with all our designs and the whole journey and process of that piece,” Soren says. “It means being clever with packaging so we are not shipping something across the oceans that is 90% air.”