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Kettal Revives Classic Chair Design

The Danish furniture company Kettal rediscovered the basket chair, one of the classic designs by Danish “designer queen” Nanna Ditzel.

The basket chair was created in 1950 and is essentially a basket hanging on a light oak frame. The form reminds of a shell, it is organic in shape and materials. This wicker chair won many prizes in the 1950s and was one of the reason why the couple Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel became the most famous designers in Denmark at that time.  Having been distinguished with awards at the Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition and at the Milan Triennale in 1951, the wicker chair  inspired a rediscovery and exploration of the malleable properties of wicker and, consequently, a renewed status for wicker furniture in interior design. A series of experiments with hanging upholstered shapes on wooden frames followed.

Danish designers Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel began their careers very young. In the early 1950s they designed furniture using innovative materials, without ignoring classic materials. In 1954 they designed a jewellery line, which won a gold and a silver medal at the Milan Triennale, and was key to their winning the Lunning Prize in 1956. After a period in London, Nanna Ditzel opened a studio in Copenhagen. She designed a wide range of furniture, textiles and jewellery up until her death in 2005. These include the ‘Trinidad’ chair, for Fredericia Furniture, and ‘Hallingdal’, a fabric created for the Halling-Koch Design Centre, in collaboration with Kvadrat. Nanna Ditzel extended the ‘Hallingdal’ design with over a hundred colour combinations, which became part of outstanding interior designs all over the world.

Now the basket chair has its comeback. Kettal stays true to the original version created by the Ditzels and hand-braided in wicker, naming it Kettal Basket. There is an additional outdoor version, made from artificial fibre and teak.

The cushion fabrics, also designed by Nanna Ditzel, are pure new wool and come in 4 colour combinations and 8 Hallingdal fabrics by Kvadrat.

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  1. Erik Simonson | | Reply

    I would love to learn more about your products. Beautiful work!

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