ARV ARV. noma furniture by Brdr. Krüger

March 2018

A few weeks ago a fresh element was added to the city’s attraction list, as the ‘new’ noma opened its doors. Head chef & co-founder René Redzepi didn’t mind investing time and money to take his Nordic cuisine experience to the next level of design, for all the senses – an approach that is the essence of noma. No wonder scores of global foodies and other curious minds travel thousands of miles for his gastro treatment. Boosted by the elegant environment (architecture by Bjarke Ingels and the interior signature of Studio David Thulstrup), this brand new temple will surely remain one of the world’s culinary meccas.

Barn Chic

On an abandoned plot, next to the waterfront and freetown Christiania, the number-one chef has sealed his destiny for the next years. His new home and play garden is a unique complex, mixing old and new architecture, accommodating kitchens & laboratories, wining & dining spaces, and storage & fish tanks. The ‘noma village’ is an integration of an existing structure (a renovated long rectangular warehouse once belonging to the Royal Danish Navy), expanded with new constructions, that has an atmosphere where a kind of Nordic barn-type nonchalance meets Fifties Americano luxury shack elegance. It’s a sober yet warmly refined touch of ‘Danishness’, full of natural materials such as varieties of stone and wood (by Dinesen).

Oak

For the interior, Redzepi commissioned Studio David Thulstrup, who also designed the restaurant’s original furniture, produced by Brdr. Krüger. These pieces baptised as the ARV collection (arv means heritage in Danish), consists of a family of dining chairs and tables, with a wood-framed sofa on the drawing board.

The graceful ARV chair combines classic and contemporary aesthetics, with a nod to Danish craftsmanship in its sobriety, tactility and finishing. With its oak frame, the seat and backrest consist of hand-woven Danish paper cord, and together prove a winning case of attention to detail. This classy chair got its first public applause during the early furniture fair launches of the 2018 design calendar (imm cologne & Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair).

Brdr. Krüger & monkey business

A short history: Jonas and Julie Krüger, as the fifth generation at the helm of Brdr. Krüger, decided some five years ago to bring this traditional woodturning company (based half an hour drive from Copenhagen) to a next level. Coming out of the shadows as a traditional manufacturer of wooden components – and being world-famous in Denmark for producing Kay Bojesen’s monkey – they put the first plans on the table to start their own furniture collection, dedicated to creating delicate pieces combining craft techniques with modern technology. Thus the ‘furniture brand’ Brdr. Krüger with its punchy baseline ‘A turn on tradition’ was born, and while taking off with Copenhagen-based design studio OeO as a major driving force, with the commission of noma’s new furniture, Redzepi gave the Krüger siblings a rather unexpected twist of fate, challenged through the designs of David Thulstrup.

So come and discover why noma is still noma, and it’s all about the absolute dining sensation beyond the plate(s). Although what’s in there is also not bad at all…

ARV Chair detail
ARV Table detail
ARV creation process. Photo by Walter Bettens.
ARV in noma