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Nuanced details elevate the Diagonal Bench by Danish designer Signe Hytte for Woud. Appearing completely
symmetrical at first glance, each pair of legs is joined by a diagonal support that faces opposite from each other. When viewed from the end, they form a perfect 'X'—a subtle allusion to construction scaffolding as inspiration. An industrial nod also comes from the combination of powder-coated metal structure and oak veneer bench surface, color-mated in either inky blue or graphic black.
“We wanted a challenge,” say husband and wife Mia and Torben Koed, founders of Copenhagen-based Woud, and they got one. Sitting around the dinner table a couple of years ago, they realized it was time to leverage their experience in private-label furniture and create something of their own. In just a few short years, they’ve masterminded one of the most influential Danish brands around.
Now adding accessories to the mix of furniture and lighting, Woud expands on the essential simplicity of Nordic design with an emphasis on finely crafted function and startlingly original form. Embracing upcoming design talents, both from Denmark and abroad, the couple is also keen on finding new materials that fit the Scandinavian tradition. Ultimately, they say, “We believe timeless design can express personalities, inspire people and create beautiful homes.”