Henry Fisker passed away

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Fisker with WegnerFisker with Wegner

I found this in memoriam today on the FaceBook page of PPMoebler

A legend in Danish woodworking has left us.

Cabinetmaker Henry Fisker was born February 21, 1928 in Vejen, Denmark, and in his childhood he got a close friend in the neighbor’s 5 year older boy Ejnar Pedersen. Henry was trained cabinetmaker from Schou Andersen in Vejen and then moved to Allerød, north of Copenhagen, to work with Ejnar and Ejnar’s big brother Lars Peder Pedersen. They first worked at Knud Willadsen’s workshop at Gl. Lyngevej, where Henry and the two brothers were a major driving force. But when Knud’s workshop burned down and had to close, Ejnar and Lars Peder founded PP Møbler on the corner of Toftevej and Vestvej. Shortly after the new small workshop was completed, Henry was recruited and developed a unique lifework by thoroughly and stubbornly building a craft culture with an uncompromising attitude to quality and a relentless appetite to solve all kinds of craft challenges – including those apparently impossible.

Wood was the fascination for Henry, and he meticulously analyzed the properties of each type of wood in order to obtain the optimal utilization of their qualities and adapt his machine layouts to perfect the processing of each item. Understanding wood and how it behaves when working with it was the objective, and for Henry, machinery was the tool, and he worked intensely and ambitiously to find the best technical solution to a craft challenge. His work was very tangible, but the ideas behind was always innovative and imaginative, and when he worked with the most difficult tasks, Henry often wished he could get around the laws of gravity.

Henry has made a great number of prototypes and productions of furniture designed by designers, artists and architects such as Poul Kjærholm, Finn Juhl, Gunnar Aagaard Andersen, Nanna Ditzel, Ole Gjerløv Knudsen and many others, but most of his work has been focused on development and production of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, with whom Henry enjoyed a lifelong friendship. Wegner and Henry had a deep mutual understanding of the craft and a common fascination of wood both as an element of nature and as a material for the craftsman.

Henry, or Fisker as he was called, worked at PP Møbler continuously for more than 50 years and in 2004 he received the Queen’s honorary medal for faithful service. Henry was stubborn and always told his opinion straight, also to the management, and he generously shared his knowledge. He has been a key driving force in building the exceptional quality for which PP Møbler has become world-renowned, and he stands as a brilliant representative of the very spirit of the workshop.

Despite his immense experience, however, he never stopped learning, and he continued to allow himself new insight; as he said: “I’ll never be done with wood. Being a skilled woodworker is a lifelong education”.

Henry Fisker died at the age of 91.

Cini Boeri – 6 Botolo rolling chairs

6 Botolo rolling chairs by Cini Boeri for sale at Wright October 25 2018. Estimate $4,000–6,000

Troll Chair by Anastasia Nysten

Troll Chair

The Troll chair was primarily conceived for generous comfort. Deconstructivism marries amorphic softness as the wooden structure acts as the skeleton for loosely stacked pillows.

Its malleable anatomy naturally yields to each person’s posture. Troll Seating collection is a veritable flock of creature comforts.

About Anastasia Nysten

Born in Ottawa, Canada to a Lebanese mother and a Finnish father, Anastasia Nysten grew up in Finland, France and Lebanon. She received her Masters degree in Industrial Design from ALBA (Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts) in Beirut during which time she was working at Karen Chekerdjian design studio.

After Graduation she moved to London to be part of lighting designer Michael Anastassiades’ team.

As of 2015, Nysten started experimenting in her own studio with objects and interiors that combine stories of different cultures. She has shown at Smo Gallery in Beirut, took part in the House of Today Biennial show Jungle Protocol and recently won the Talent Award at the Beirut Design Fair in 2017 and the Talent Award at Maison & Objet September 2018 edition.

See site Anastasia Nysten

Thonet – Rare Salesman Sample Set

This is a rare set of salesman sample furniture made by Thonet, the master of bentwood furniture creator of the iconic bentwood chairs that altered the direction of furniture design. We estimate the manufacture date to be in the late 1860s. This four piece set is comprised of love seat, chair, rocking chair and table. The maker’s original paper label stating Thonet, Wien (Vienna) Austria, is still affixed to the underside of the table. The bentwood is in very good condition, retaining its original finish with beautiful patina. The wicker is destroyed on all but the rocker, upon which it is in excellent condition. The label is proof positive that Thonet manufactured this remarkable set. It truly is an exceptional and rare find. We offer it in original as found condition. This set is featured, but unattributed, on page 30 and 31 of the publication Bentwood and Metal Furniture. Our set is attributed as it retains the makers label. Thonet Bent solid beechwood, Cane Doll

For sale via Surfing Cowboys

Pensando ad Acapulco Copper Chair by Ivdesign

Inspired by the iconic Acapulco chair that has its roots in folk design, modernism, and Hollywood glamour, this version designed by Ivdesign is reinterpreted in metal to harmonize ergonomic comfort with retro-modern aesthetic form. The cone-shaped seat is made of three copper wedges (available also in polished brass) supported by three black iron legs. A special process is used to increase the brightness and lightness of the metal, adding a unique shiny finish. A true classic, this chair will be a striking focal point in any decor.

Via 1stbits

Ivdesign = Francesca Braga Rosa e Ivano Vianello.