The Shaker chair has been loved for centuries for its folksy simplicity and honesty seen in unlimited variations throughout history. The new F chair pays tribute to the same values in a refined interpretation that seeks to revitalise the typology.
Instead of adding elements to the archetypical chair, the design has emerged from sustained deduction and refinement in a close collaboration between experimental artist/designer Rasmus Bækkel Fex and Jonas Krüger, creative director of Brdr. Krüger.
The outcome of the creative collaboration between Jonas and Rasmus is a modern ascetic take on tradition, where wooden craftsmanship is contrasted with a seat constructed from industrial polyester webbing, hand-weaved to create a bespoke geometrical pattern.
"The design of the F chair is purposeful clean-cut, geometrical and minimalistic," Krüger commented. "To challenge an iconic archetype is not without its challenges but our story, skills and approach made it natural for us to embrace this challenge. Rasmus' radical design approach informed by his art background and Brdr. Krüger's 130 years of craftsmanship with wood has resulted in a chair that is truly a new turn on tradition.
"The understated fine craftsmanship and comfort details of the F chair completes the fusion between evolved modern aesthetics and the chair's rural origins. The use of polyester showcases the subtle beauty of the industrial material, while the webbed seat changes character as it reflects the surrounding light. Moreover, the embracing wooden backrest invites you to sit down and enjoy the chair for its simplest function and comfort."
The name 'F' comes from a condensation of influences, i.e. its 'Folksy' origins, the designer's surname 'Fex,' and a typographic interpretation of the chair's profile and characteristic seat pattern.
The chair is made in Denmark and is currently available in two variants, a sleek black stained beech version and a more traditional oiled oak.