Time-honored Danish furniture craft shapes The Reader armchair, with its deeply curved contours just made for sinking into and relaxing. Designer Tor Hadsund offers a place of shelter and reflection with his boldly proportioned seating with a distraction-shielding high back. Indispensable for savoring a good book or engaging conversation, the chair’s upholstery is easily varied with interchangeable cushions to complement its rich solid oak and veneer finish.
41" h x 31" w x 36" d
Solid oak, plywood, polyester
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.”