Sika-Design and its Icons at IMM Cologne 2014

Designer’s collection on show

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Sika-Design and its Icons at IMM Cologne 2014
16/12/2013 - Scandinavia’s oldest supplier of wicker furniture is introducing designs of Danish pioneers within wicker and rattan furniture. With the utmost respect to the original designs, Sika-Design has put the chairs of famous architects back into production. The Paris chair designed by Arne Jacobsen is now also a part of the collection, which include chairs designed by Nanna Ditzel, Viggo Boesen and R. Wengler.

These designers were all significant to our proud Danish design history with their experimenting and groundbreaking designs. Each in their own way, they performed magic with the sturdy, genius qualities of the beautiful natural material of rattan and wicker.
 
Arne Jacobsen
Arne Jacobsen was born on February 11, 1902 in Copenhagen. He first hoped to become a painter, but Jacobsen was admitted to the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1924 to 1927. Still a student, in 1925 Jacobsen participated in the Paris Art Deco fair, Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, where he won a silver medal, for his first furniture design, which was a chair made in rattan, simply called: “The Paris chair'.
 
In 1929, he won a Danish Architect’s Association competition for designing the “House of the Future” which was built full scale at the subsequent exhibition in Copenhagen’s Forum. It was a spiral-shaped, flat-roofed house in glass and concrete, incorporating a private garage, a boat-house and a helicopter pad. Arne Jacobsen immediately became recognized as an ultra-modern architect.
 
Jorgen Ditzel
The Danish furniture designers Nanna and Jorgen Ditzel began in 1950 to work with wicker in cooperation with the renowned company R. Wengler. Many international furniture designers were at that time trying to connect the seat and back in one form in different materials. Ditzel's experimental approach to materials, resulted in the 3-legged chair “Rana”. The wicker chair was initiating the rediscovery of wicker's many properties, and Ditzels won prices at the Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition and the Milan Triennale in 1951. This was the beginning of a renewed status for wicker furniture in interior design. The chair has now also been honoured with the label Interior Innovation Award – Selection 2013 in Cologne.
 
Sika-Design is relaunching 3 different designs by Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel; Rana, Madame and Nanny
 
Viggo Boesen
Furniture design with an organic flow that embrace the body smoothly and tenderly, is a delight to the eye as well as solid and durable - That is Viggo Boesen’s design! Inspired by a design competition held by the Danish wicker-maker guild in 1936, Viggo Boesen embarked on rattan furniture design combining modernist style with the hard wear qualities of the rattan material.

Viggo Boesen’s FOX lounge chair won the design competition in 1936. His inspiring, imaginative designs made him unique and put him among the designers of the “Danish golden age”
 
Robert Wengler
Wicker maker Robert Wengler was known as the best wicker maker in Denmark, and many architects came to his workshop to get know-how and understanding about weaving and wicker work. Among those were Danish architects Arne Jacobsen, Viggo Boesen, Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel and Kay Bojesen.

They had many of their prototypes made in R. Wenglers workshop in Copenhagen. Today R. Wengler stands as one of the pioneers in Rattan production. What he did to the craftsmanship and the way he challenged the material, makes ground for the way we know rattan furniture today. Sika-Design is launching the dining chair designed by R. Wengler in 1902.
Viggo Boesen - FOX lounge chair

Viggo Boesen - FOX lounge chair

Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel - Rana chair

Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel - Rana chair

Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel - Madame

Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel - Madame

Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel - Nanny

Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel - Nanny

Robert Wengler - Dining chair

Robert Wengler - Dining chair


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