MENU relaunches a classic
The Danish design brand brings back Ib Kofod-Larsen's Knitting Chair, designed in 1951
During this year's 3daysofdesign festival, MENU revealed the Knitting Chair first created by architect and furniture designer Ib Kofod-Larsen in the 1950s.
Kofod-Larsen first presented the chair in 1951, at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild Furniture Exhibition – the annual event at the heart of the international success of Danish Modernism. Shown alongside works by Hans J. Wegner, Finn Juhl, Nanna Ditzel and other Danish masters, the Knitting Chair drew critical acclaim – something MENU hopes to revive by adding it to its collection.
However, it was part of a very limited-edition run and has since become a much sought-after – and valuable – collector's item.
The elegant chair features an exposed construction that supports a gently curved seat and back, which they describe as being 'ideally pitched for relaxation'. Its name derives from the elbow rests, designed to support the arms when knitting or reading.
'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. 'Our place as a leader and innovator in contemporary design is in fact rooted in tradition: our designers are masters of interpreting mid-century, modernist values and creating objects with unique personality.'
'We call it Modernism Reimagined, 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 KnittingChair blossom in modern spaces.'