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Know-how and that certain something

Since 2003, the fortunes of Gärsnäs have been in the hands of Anna and Dag Klockby. Together with chief designer Åke Axelsson, who designed the first chair for Gärsnäs in the early 1960s, they have taken possession of a special heritage. The focus is on wood as a material, technical know-how, design and sustainability – traditional and yet modern, attention to detail, and always with a certain something. The products are inextricably linked to the company’s history. As its location is surrounded by beech forests, production still takes place in the south-east of Sweden, where the company’s unique technical and detailed knowledge in woodworking and joining was gained and developed further. The possibilities of industrial production and the ongoing cooperation with successful ­designers mean that fresh new designs are repeatedly realised in high-quality. “It is very important to us that people feel comfortable with our furniture and want to keep it for the rest of their lives,” says Dag Klockby. “It is therefore part of our philosophy and our service that products can also be repaired, and that fabrics can be replaced. Only then can we can talk about truly sustainable design.”

Gärsnäs’s product range primarily encompasses chairs, but also sofas, tables and lamps. The timeless design and high-quality manufacturing result in a wide range of applications in the contract and residential areas. An example of this is the Madonna Chair made of beech wood, which was first presented at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in 2015. David Ericsson’s design is based on an elegant combination of Italian and Swedish models, and plays with the contrasts of stability and fragility. However, the chair becomes a perfectly-shaped piece of seating-furniture suitable for everyday use thanks to its precise and highly-durable connection details. The Emma and Emily chair families by Färg & Blanche and the new Dandy Chair designed by Pierre Sindre are also wonderfully emotional interpretations of historical models. The absolute eye-catcher is the lightweight back of the chair made of rattan. With its curved shape and revival of this somewhat forgotten material, the Dandy Chair is clearly reminiscent of the 1960s. On no account does it appear old-fashioned, but instead is an eye-catcher and perfect for positioning in a quiet corner at home or in a hospitality area.

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