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Hanging out at the bistro

Hedda is the chair that looks just as good at your kitchen table as an exclusive bistro. Inspired by classical Chinese chairs and the Greek klismos chair, it is a Nordic interpretation with scaled-down forms and discrete details. The result is a durable and elegant chair that offers you a comfortable seat even in the small hours; one you can hang on the table when the last guests have gone home.

Designed to recline

The backrest is based on solid wood. It is narrow near the top and thicker further down to provide good support and comfort, no matter how you sit. Additionally, it is arched in the middle to give extra lumbar support and a larger area to lean against. Further along, the arms become narrower and lower, so you can push the chair in under a table. Or hang it by the arms on the tabletop if you need to keep the floor clear.

Stability from a new angle

The four struts have the same shape but are handled differently depending on their position. While the rear and front are straight, the side struts have a gradient. This corresponds to the incline of the seat, only in the opposite direction; a detail that contributes to the chair’s character and makes the construction stronger.

Take the edge off

The construction of the frame is similar in a way to its sister the Madonna chair. The rounded ends are one such detail. Mounted over the front legs, this becomes especially apparent. To give the chair a somewhat neater appearance, the ends have been given a slight rounding; a shape that recurs at the end of the arms.

Twine that stands the test of time

The envelope-weave seat is made by hand from 166 metres of paper-cord twine. This durable material lasts 30 years and develops a lovely patina over time. The actual envelope-weave is somewhat offset to give you the best possible sitting angle, while making the frame more prominent at the front.

A leather variation

In addition to the envelope-weave version, Hedda is also available with leather from Tärnsjö tannery. The detail of the tongue on the outside of the front legs is as much a practical solution as an aesthetic detail. While the rest of the leather spans over the frame, the attachment to the legs needs to sit further out in order to stretch the leather. Along with the brass button, it becomes a distinguished part of the chair’s character.

»I wanted to cross a step chair with a stag chair, but with a lower back and that could be hung up. The initial idea was that it would suit a bistro, where you sit for a long while, but also withstands all the wear and tear that goes on there.«

David Ericsson

The apprentice who became the master

David Ericsson grew up in Småland and currently lives in Stockholm. After studies in art, design and architecture, he graduated in furniture design at Carl Malmsten in 2010. Today, David runs his own furniture design business and is also a teacher at Carl Malmsten. David has previously designed the Madonna and Petite chairs for Gärsnäs, which, among other prizes, respectively won Residence Magazine’s Furniture of the Year Award 2015 and Designer of the Year 2018 by Form Magazine.