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"Icon" is an oft-overused term but Knitting Chair, reissued by Danish brand Menu, more than qualifies by any reckoning. First debuting at the 1951 Cabinetmakers' Guild Furniture Exhibition in Copenhagen alongside works by Wegner and Juhl, the leather upholstered chair was designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen and features distinctive seat-back cutouts for resting the elbows when knitting. "The chair demonstrates the universal appeal of clean, human design, created with a playful, thoughtful outlook," says Kornbek Engell-Hansen, Menu's design and brand director.
Available as a limited-edition of 99, the sculptural chair with a gentle curve of the seat and tilted backrest is exquisitely handcrafted in stained and waxed solid oak with a Dakar aniline-leather seat. Each one is etched in the frame as a limited edition, with an accompanying signed letter of authenticity. Knitting Chair originally helped to assure Kofod-Larsen's reputation as a master of Danish modernism and now this once-in-a-lifetime reissue opens an exciting new chapter in its storied history.
"It's about creating aesthetically pleasing designs that evoke true feelings,” Menu founder Bjarne Hansen told the online magazine Lonny, “as well as improving processes in people's daily lives.” Ranging from tabletop objects to bath fixtures to lighting and furniture, the Danish brand’s pursuit of "soft minimalism" involves collaborations with designers from all over the world. The company’s guiding spirit is a quest for functional originality—with each product having either a new purpose, incorporating a new material or utilizing a new production method.
Menu is just as dedicated to responsible manufacturing as it is innovation. Working to locate new partners in developing countries around the world, the company searches out local factories or small private co-operations to turn out high quality goods and also provide a better economic foundation for the people involved in that production. "We’re passionate about design, new materials and clever details," say the folks at Menu, "and we dream about making a difference."