Curating a set of effortlessly mismatched dining chairs can be a difficult task, unless it’s designed that way. Spindle legs and a classic Swedish stick back are the family ties that bind this series of beech-wood chairs; Lina Nordqvist mutated the chairs’ modernist DNA to create a set of four fraternal seats that can stand alone but belong together.
The unusual name for Häberli’s chair comes from artist Paul Klee’s description of drawing. The chair’s steel frame is covered with injected polyurethane foam. Upholstering options vary. Base options include fixed, swivel, or with a footrest.
Dustpans are often relegated to the kitchen's darkest corners, but not without good reason; The old, rusty-and-crusty metal versions can get caked with crud pretty quickly. Ole Jensen's bight polypropelene not only looks nicer—a simple piece of flat plastic with a small beech-and-natural-bristle brush—but works better too, flexible enough to bend and fold to help grab up household dirt. Plus, you can hang it on the wall for easy access.
- Back in 2012, we reported on a marble-and-elm table by Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland.
Settling in to Valdemar with a paperback in your hand is like retreating into your own little book nook. The oversized arms act as mini-room-dividers that make it a breeze to get comfy and rest your head and shoulders to either side, while the near-seamless upholstery covers the entire frame—legs included—which gives the piece an easy-on-the-eyes uniformity.
Inspiration can strike at any time. For Ole Jensen, it happened while using a folded newspaper to clean up a mess in his studio. After realizing its usefulness, he substituted his morning read with a thin sheet of poly-propylene, which collects even the most minute grains of dust and grime, and a natural-bristle beechwood brush. When you’re done cleaning up, simply slide the brush handle through the grommet of the minimalist pan and hang it for easy storage.
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