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News / Kettal edits the Basket chair by Nanna Ditzel

Kettal edits the Basket chair, created in the 1950s by Danish designers Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel. Order now

 

The Basket chair, made from oak, comes in its original version created by the Ditzel, hand-braided in wicker, and in an outdoor version, made from artificial fibre and teak.

The cushion fabrics, also designed by Nanna Ditzel, the ‘queen of Danish design’, are pure new wool and come in 4 colour combinations and 8 Hallingdal fabrics by Kvadrat.

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The Basket chair won awards in 1950 at the Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition and in 1951 at the Milan Triennale.

 

 

Basket History

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In 1950 Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel created an unusual bowl-shaped seat, essentially a basket hanging from a light oak frame, achieving a chair design that blended the seat and backrest into a bowl of a form consistent with a shell, outstanding for being organic in its form and in its materials.

The use of craft materials and painstaking skill in making the rounded form, along with the chair’s pure lines give a sensation of comfort and luxury in a seat that allows a variety of positions.

Having been distinguished with awards at the Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition and at the Milan Triennale in 1951, the wicker chair (1950) inspired a rediscovery and exploration of the malleable properties of wicker and, consequently, a renewed status for wicker furniture in interior design.

The 1950s wicker chair sparked a series of experiments with hanging upholstered shapes on wooden frames.


Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel

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Danish designers Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel began their careers very young. In the early 1950s they designed furniture using innovative materials, without ignoring classic materials. In 1954 they designed a jewellery line, which won a gold and a silver medal at the Milan Triennale, and was key to their winning the Lunning Prize in 1956. After a period in London, Nanna Ditzel opened a studio in Copenhagen. She designed a wide range of furniture, textiles and jewellery up until her death in 2005. These include the ‘Trinidad’ chair, for Fredericia Furniture, and ‘Hallingdal’, a fabric created for the Halling-Koch Design Centre, in collaboration with Kvadrat. Nanna Ditzel extended the ‘Hallingdal’ design with over a hundred colour combinations, which became part of outstandinginterior designs all over the world.

 

 

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