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Long a “grail” for collectors, &Tradition reissues architect Viggo Boesen’s little-seen 1930s lounge chair Little Petra. Though few were produced originally, the chair is a prime example of Funkis, Denmark‘s organic take on then-prevalent functionalism and a precursor to mid-century design. Naturalistic wood legs in white oiled oak or walnut complement either the luxurious sheepskin or lofty wool upholstery. Named after Viggo’s mother-in-law, Little Petra is smallish in scale but provides surprisingly roomy comfort, to suit all manner of design aficionados.
Design is never static. When Copenhagen-based &Tradition was established in 2010, founder Martin Kornbek Hansen's mission was to produce work that was defined by a unique vision, whether it came from Danish legends of the past or young innovators of the future. The roster extends from timeless luminaries such as Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen to current leading lights Samuel Wilkinson and Norm.Architects to exciting new names Mia Hamborg and Victor Vetterlein. As the company's Kornbek Hansen puts it: "We see a kinship between the old masters, who were avant-garde in their time, and new designers creating the ground-breaking icons of today."
With its library of furniture and lighting extending from the 1930s to the present day, the firm is uniquely positioned to carry on the Nordic tradition of unstinting craftsmanship and adroit use of materials. Nonetheless, &Tradition sees its future in global terms, handpicking design talent and production facilities internationally in an effort to continually produce relevant product and engage a new generation of conscious consumers.