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The Elegance chair is the story of Danish furniture designer, Hans Sandgren Jakobsen's deep fascination with Gio Ponti's super light chair, the 1.7 kg Superleggera, which he describes as "the essence of minimal construction". It is the story of a long and elaborate design process, in which classical grace and ease meet in a dance of strength and stability. The result is sophisticated weightless elegance!
Lightness united with strength
The story begins in 2018 when the Japanese brand Asahi Wood contacted Hans Sandgren Jakobsen for further collaboration in order to create a furniture series in which elegance, lightness and simplicity are the key words. The sources of inspiration are the Italian architect Gio Ponti's chair and the classic style icon, Audrey Hepburn.
One of the major technical challenges, therefore, has been to combine lightness with strength, as lightness in the design requires minimal use of material, resulting in a reduction of traditional joints. This has led to a long investigative process of countless experiments with different joining techniques and tests of prototypes.
The final solution is an intricately devised three-layer laminated frame construction. Hereby Hans Sandgren Jakobsen found the perfect formula for the strong and aesthetically beautiful collections and at the same time the three-layer construction made it possible to minimize the weight.
With Elegance, Hans Sandgren Jakobsen has fulfilled his vision of creating a classic, beautiful lightweight chair. With a mere weight of 2.0 kg, it writes itself into history and passes the test in terms of strength, aesthetics and comfort.
The transparent and slightly flexible seat is woven with rope, whose quality, dimension, and weaving method are intricately matched in terms of strength, weight, expression, and comfort. The gently curved arm rests meet the frame of the chair with feminine grace, inviting you to sit down.
The chair is made from ash with a woven polyester rope seat. It is available with and without arm rests.
The ash tree is the key to the low weight of the chair. The strength characteristics of the ash tree enable this minimal construction. The design of the assembly details has been tested several times to extend and optimize the chair's strength / life. The glued construction consists of smaller piece of ash, giving a greater utilization percent of the raw wood. The excess wood and sawdust are recycled for plate production.
The entire ash frame can be granulated for recycling to, for example, particle board….
The weaved Polyester line seat can be easily separated from the frame and reused.
The ash tree is surface treated with 80% soap shavings dissolved in water, which allows the consumer to extend the life of the chair - appears as a new piece of furniture after soap treatment.
Asahi Wood can offer repair and soap finishing maintenance of used 2,0 kg Elegance chairs.
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