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Classic designs appear to be at home no matter where they are; they can exist in many places at once, in many lives and rooms, spanning time through an intuitive use of materials and forms.

Designed by Kim Dolva, Københavns Møbelsnedkeri
The chair is made from smoked oak wood.

Not just any chair could support the weight of a city in its name, but The Copenhagen Chair is not just any chair. With it Københavns Møbelsnedkeri has distilled generations of traditional Scandinavian design into a new prototypical form quite deserving of its name. The simple curves and proportions of the chair belie the complexity and richness of the design, marking its achievement in understatement and efficiency. The bold proportions are tempered by the sturdy, pastoral aesthetic, making The Copenhagen Chair the physical embodiment of the contentment felt when you discover an elegant solution that transcends a diverse set of constraints.

Designed by Tanja Vibe and Petra Olsson Gendt, All The Way To Paris (ATWTP)
The hand-woven kilim rug is made from cotton and wool.

We all have places in our homes where we are most at ease. We have these because the busyness of life necessitates a nice space where it is easy to be comfortable and unhurried, whether for Sunday lazing, anytime reading, or being with our loved ones. As an answer to the question of what defines a space as cosy and intimate, Danish-Swedish graphic design firm All The Way To Paris created Another Rug, which uses the robust textures and hand-woven construction of traditional kilims as a basis for its design. In a few paraphrased colour palettes, ATWTP’s print playfully adapts the classic geometries typical of the rugs into a minimal, expressive staircase graphic. And just as a staircase is in two places at once as it carries you between rooms, Another Rug is at once a glimpse backwards at the history it came from and ahead to the many spaces it will define.

Designed by Helena Jonasson and Veronica Dagnert, Studio Vit
The top of the pendant is made from milled and honed Carrara marble and the glass is mouth-blown from thin borosilicate glass.

Marble has been treasured and celebrated throughout history in the forms of temples, grand staircases, lavish baths, and pristine sculptures. If these grand forms are a reflection of the past, then the Swedish duo behind the new Marble Lights collection offers us a more subdued indulgence, with just enough of the cold, milky stone to reference its opulent past. A delicate hand-blown glass orb complements the marble, revealing a curiosity about the interplay of textures and materials and giving the lights a sculptural quality. This quality is reinforced when you choose to either hang the light from the ceiling or to set the orb upright with the marble as its base.

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