Sitting on Seashells

Pedersen by Bernhardt Design evokes another creature of the sea

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Sitting on Seashells
06/12/2018 - You’d half expect a naked Venus to emerge – or perhaps Rán would be more apt in this corner of the world.

Danish designer, Thomas Pedersen, known for his Stingray chair, created the Pedersen lounge chair for North American furniture brand, Bernhardt Design, inspired by an open seashell on the Danish coastline. The same shells which remind him of home now become both comfortable object to retreat into or a springboard to come out of once relaxed and energized. Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Pedersen explains: ‘the first lines and ideas for the chair date back a decade and originate from what I learned in developing the Stingray. The first prototypes for the Pedersen lounge actually used the Stingray shell. This long process was a matter of reduction and constantly striving for the perfect simple shape and beautiful lines’.

For years he has been working on simplifying the 3D veneer Stingray chair while maintaining its distinctive character – practicing the art of finding that perfect balance. The journey eventually evolved into the Pedersen lounge, a three-legged chair which is a striking, sculptural object and incredibly comfortable.

Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design remarks: 'inspired by an open seashell, the chair beckons you to sit down and then provides a sense of well-being. Designed with the human body in mind for universal comfort regardless of a person’s size, the design in its purest form works well ergonomically. At the end of the day, Pedersen is most certainly a chair that maintains a minimalistic Nordic look and feel'. Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Pedersen’s labor of love fits in well with the North-Carolina-native brand’s care for roots and heritage in their company ethics and in their designs.

The enveloping carapace is available in Oak or Walnut. The wood finishes range from clear oak and natural walnut to matte ebony and a rainbow of finish colours in between. Four metal base options include: copper chrome, polished chrome, black chrome and matte black.Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Pedersen lounge chair by Berkhardt

Thomas Pedersen

Thomas Pedersen

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