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December Chair

2016

Designed with Wataru Kumano. A chair with an ash frame, produced in two sizes (regular and XL) with or without arms. Its seat and back come in linen or leather.

The tiny Finnish company Nikari, based in Fiskars, consists of a workshop with two master craftsmen and a few carpenters and an office from which Johanna Vuorio runs it. In 2012 they set out to produce twelve products in a year, launching one each month as part of the 2012 Helsinki Design Capital initiative with some of the proceeds going to the World Wildlife Fund. We were the last and our initial intention was to design a do-it-yourself chair that could be sold in a small box and put together at home with a little glue, using the weight of the constructor to secure the joints.

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Unfortunately the precision of the joints and the variations of humidity around the world combined to defeat our plan and the chair is now sold preassembled. The chair’s slightly rustic character is something of an antistyle statement, but also perhaps our notion of the atmosphere of Finnish country life.
Extracted from A Book of Things by Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015)
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The December Armchair was added to the range in 2016.