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Conceptualised by Japanese design studio Nendo for Fritz Hansen, the N01 is the first all-timber design to be produced by the Danish brand since Arne Jacobsen created his award-winning Grand Prix chair in 1957.
Crafted with Japanese perfectionism, N01 exhibits a clever construction with a light and serene quality in the details of its design. The chair is put together like a puzzle comprising 23 wood pieces in a mix of solid wood and veneer. In order to provide a lighter appearance, the joints are carefully designed to look as though they are barely touching.
The structural elements of Nendo’s designs are made from solid wood, while the shell is created from nine thin layers of veneer, formed using Fritz Hansen’s plywood moulding technique.
Sharing his thoughts on how the N01 chair combines Japanese and Danish design, Oki Sato, the founder of Nendo says, “Both Japanese and Danish designs have a great respect for wood as a material, and also for the craftsmanship related to this. Having this in common, in spite of the distance or cultural difference, it was possible for us to immediately ‘speak’ the same language in the process of product development. Last but not least, it is not designed for the sake of design. Instead, the design follows the function and the practical requirements of the chair.”
N01 is available in black coloured oak ($1,260), natural oak ($1,260) and beech ($1,135) with optional seat cushions in fabric or leather; exclusively at W. Atelier stores