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This streamlined chair is a variant on Jens Risom's midcentury icon C140, replacing that model's caned back with upholstered cushioning. The style is informally known as the "Playboy Armchair" from a 1961 magazine layout with Jens and his peers of the era. In reissuing the seating, Stellar Works is offering versions in either ash or walnut and upholstered in Kvadrat's fabric Hallingdal 65. That textile, also designed by a renowned midcentury Danish designer, Nanna Ditzel, comes in a choice of bold colors to complement the sleek wood frame.
Craftsmanship is at the heart of Stellar Works since a couple of design enthusiasts from France and Japan launched the line in 2013. Operations benefit from Japanese management, while the craftsmanship draws on premium European furniture practices and technical proficiency that comes with the brand’s own state-of-the-art factory in Shanghai, China.
Because Stellar Works controls end to end, it takes great pride in abiding to Japan’s Four-Star standards—the most stringent in the industry worldwide—offering transparency regarding the sourcing of every material, be it leather, metal or fabric, along with ensuring that all woods come from FSC-certified forests.
The line’s urbane sense of materials, colorways and forms is a reflection of a global roster that includes New York designer-architect David Rockwell, Toronto’s Yabu Pushelberg, Copenhagen’s Space Copenhagen and Monaco-based Humbert & Poyet—along with an exacting Asian lens by appointing Chinese duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu—widely known as Neri&Hu—as creative directors for the brand.