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Carbon fibre and steel. The chair looks industrial, and the materials back this impression up. Almost the opposite of what we normally associate with craftsmanship. But make no mistake: the Wire Chair, designed by architect Dan Svarth, is an excellent demonstration of quality craftsmanship.
The frame is carefully welded together, and the woven carbon-fibre seat and back are made in one strong flow. When you take a seat, the chair will surprise you with its comfortable give and the way it follows the shape of your body.
Dan Svarth made the first prototype of this chair in 1972 while he was teaching at the Royal Danish Academy – School of Architecture and, at the same time, working with the renowned Danish architect and designer Poul Kjærholm. Dan made the prototype himself, bending ordinary water pipes for the frame.
The only problem back then was that the wire was not stable enough for long-term use. Technology has come a long way, and today, we have the benefit of hardwearing carbon fibre. The diagonal weave makes the chair strong and stable.
The Wire Chair frame is welded by Mikkel Kjærholm, and the carbon fibre weave is made in the A. Petersen workshop at Kløvermarksvej.
- Dan Svarth, Denmark c.1969
- Stainless steel, carbon fibre
- Made in Denmark
- Length 66cm / 26"
- Width 79cm / 31"
- Height 69cm / 27"
- Seat Height 40cm / 15.7"
Dan Svarth started as a joiner in the Bornholms Møbelfabrik in 1962 and he is educated both from Kunsthåndværkerskolens Furniture Department and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’s School of Architecture. At the latter, he worked from 1972 as a teacher and conducted research. It was also in 1972 Dan started as an employee with Poul Kjærholm’s design studio and he worked here up until Kjærholms death in 1980.
Dan Svarth has designed furniture, as well as researched and written about historical furniture. He is also a skilled model builder and he participates in a wide range of exhibitions.
Furniture from A. Petersen is crafted with the intention to renew the Danish design tradition and carry it into the 21st century. Not in a grand or rapid way, for the sake of scale or tempo. But in a measured, serious way, for the sake of our current time as well as posterity, because furniture should last a lifetime, and hopefully even longer. A good piece of furniture only becomes more beautiful through time and use – a life lived leaves its mark in the materials.