The Knitting Chair, designed by Ib Koford-Larsen in a reissue of Menu. (Photo: Menu)
In 1951, Danish architect and designer Ib Kofod-Larsen presented with his Knitting Chair a remarkable new chair design of Danish Modernism. The exposed, triangular construction, the gently curved seat and back, and the distinctive cutouts for resting the elbows when reading (or, of course, knitting), affirmed Kofod-Larsen’s reputation as a master of portion and unexpected, sculptural form. The Knitting chair was put into production as a limited edition only. Since then, the elegant, inventive design has become an increasingly valuable and sought-after collector’s item.
Kofod-Larsen was born Denmark in 1921 and studied at the Danish Royal Academy in Copenhagen. In 1948, he won the Holmegaard glass competition as well as an annual award from the Danish Cabinetmakers Guild. Therefore, he incurs attention of companies like the Danish furniture manufacturer Faarup Møbelfabrik. Kofod-Larsen frequently worked with gorgeous woods, such as teak and rosewood, as well rich leathers. Clean, sculptural lines characterize much of his work. “Ib’s furniture was rooted in reality,” says the designer’s son, Jan Kofod-Larsen. “He took a lot of pride in his work, and was iterative in the design process, working closely with his manufacturers to get every detail just right. His hope was to create design that would endure, both functionally and aesthetically.”
Distinctive cutouts for resting the elbows when reading - or, of course, knitting. (Photo: Menu)
And so the Knitting Chair combines comfort – though ideal angles and lumbar support and a design impressing by clean, sculptural lines. The Knitting Chair is beautiful from every angle, making it easy to place anywhere in a room. Given the chair’s enveloping comfort, it has a relatively small footprint, which makes it an easy fit in compact interiors as well as in ones that are more spacious.
Now the Danish design brand Menu expanded its collection about this classic. “Ib would have been very happy to see that people continue to appreciate his furniture today,” as Jan Kofod-Larsen knows. “And I think he would have enjoyed Menu’s approach and focus on creating for the future while respecting the past.” From September 2018 the Knitting Chair is available in dark stained solid oak with grey-brown aniline leather in selected stores and online.
Kofod-Larsen frequently worked with gorgeous woods, such as teak and rosewood, as well rich leathers. (Photo: Menu)
“At Menu, we love minimalist design that takes an imaginative approach to Scandinavian values, and brings new, clever and functional solutions to everyday living,” says Joachim Kornbek Engell-Hansen, Menu’s Design & Brand Director. One of the aims of Menu is to combine the values of modern and mid-century with unique personality. “We call it Modernism Reimagined,” Kornbek Engell-Hansen says, “and I can think of no better classic than Ib Kofod-Larsen’s Knitting Chair to showcase the roots of this MENU concept. The chair demonstrates the universal a peal of clean, human design created with a playful, thoughtful outlook. We think our customers will be as excited as we are to watch the Knitting Chair blossom in modern spaces.”
You will find Menu at imm cologne 2019 at Hall 3.2 | Stand E031