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Regarded as a giant in the Danish design tradition, Vilhelm Wohlert is lauded for the way his furnishings, much like his Long Bench, employ structural elements to create sculptural effects. Though conceived at the middle part of the last century, the pared-down quality of the slatted seating surface and the graceful stance of the angled legs reads as timeless. Reissued by Stellar Works, along with other examples of his most celebrated designs of the 1950s, the bench crafted in solid wood seems every bit as current today.
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.