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The lat­est ap­pli­ances and fur­ni­ture for your home

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

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