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Jakob Wagner’s namesake stackable JW01 chair is a study in minimalist codes. With its flexible bent-veneer back and molded seat, the chair promises enviable ergonomic comfort and back support. The airy and lightweight frame adapts to myriad uses, from dining table to conference room. In either black powder-coated or solid stainless steel with black-stained veneer seat or stainless frame with walnut veneer or white seat.
“Nature is the best teacher; from her we can learn about omission,” says Jakob Wagner, one of Scandinavia’s foremost designers. Within his seemingly minimal forms, Jakob explores the complexity of materials and the arc of specific functionalities. Born in Copenhagen in 1963, he completed a degree in engineering before studies that took him to Milan, Paris and Colorado in the U.S.
A second degree in product design from Art Center Europe in Switzerland propelled him to establish his own studio in Copenhagen. In the 20 years since, his work has been exhibited internationally and garnered numerous awards. But he only looks forward as design materials morph and change. “Today there are swimming and diving suits of high-tech fabrics inspired by shark skin,” he marvels. “I'm really excited about what awaits us in the coming years.”
“One of the most important things for our company is to make footprints of our own time,” says Rolf Hay, of his eponymous Copenhagen-based company launched in 2003 at the international furniture fair IMM Cologne. His idea was to bring Danish design to a new creative peak that rivaled the storied 1950s and 1960s—but with a modern update. As creative director, he’s committed to nurturing young upstarts and also “exploring the twisted minds of established designers” and giving both a platform.
In practice, that means seeking out imaginative products and evaluating them on their own merits rather than first commissioning a design for certain type of item. And he says his greatest thrill is seeing a prototype for the first time. “We work in a different way to the way our parents did, but we basically live in the same way,” Rolf says. “The news is that there is nothing new, except the possibilities. And that’s great fun.”