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Medium
cane, stainless steel, leather, (other materials)
Measurements
(a-f) 86.0 × 60.4 × 155.9 cm (overall) (installed)
Place/s of Execution
Denmark
Accession Number
D38.a-f-1974
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1974
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
About

Whereas most twentieth-century Danish furniture celebrates the beauty of wood, Poul Kjaerholm’s innovative designs in steel and cane represent an important departure from this tradition. The use of strong tempered steel makes the pared-down structure of the Hammock chair possible. The caning, together with the leather headrest, soften the otherwise hard-edged, industrial aesthetic, providing a firm, resilient support while also accentuating the linear quality of the chair’s silhouette. Kjaerholm is known for his modern, functionalist furniture characterised by an understated, refined elegance.

—text from Nordic Cool: Modernist Design (Feb 2015)