Slow Chair designed in 2000 by Søren Ulrik Peterson for PP Møbler, who say about him:
His training as cabinet maker and his education the Danish School of Design have been decisive for this reccurrently prize-winning designer. His work is thus characterised by the confident hand of the craftsman, an eye for detail, and thorough knowledge of furniture construction principles. And, simultaneously, his design education steps into character. One senses a generous creative excess in his models. With its focus on functionality and simplicity, this excess points to his anchorage in the Danish design tradition . But also there is the more personal aspect which first and foremost signals a sense of humour and a certain degree of laid back attitude.
Søren Ulrik Petersen started working with PP Møbler in 1998. Just one year later, the result was the arm chair Suppose, which was launched at SE’s exhibition the same year. Since then, Søren Ulrik Petersen has been a regular visitor at the workshop in Allerød at least once a week.
Despite Søren Ulrik Petersens education as cabinet maker back in 1985, it was not until his collaboration with PP Møbler that he ventured working with wood in his designs. The dialogue has since then been characterised by mutual respect where each party benefits from the others professionalism.
His humility and respect for the craft means that Søren Ulrik Petersen always uses the cabinet maker’s knowledge when developing his designs. He never prsents completely finished models, but rather an idea or concept, which is then finished in cooperation with the craftsmen at the workshop. Consequently, the process is dynamic, progressive, and mutually inspiring
Feeling quite confident about the strength and agility of the pp66 Chinese Chair, Wegner was bold enough to develop the construction by designing a bench thus creating an even stronger character. For Wegner this is the only example of this kind of progression of shape and design, from wooden armchair to bench, and thus the Chinese Bench remains a unique and extraordinary accomplishment.
The Chinese Bench remained a prototype until 1991 when it was finally possible to put it into production, thanks to the pioneering experiments at PP Møbler with the pre-compression wood bending technique.
Still the Chinese Bench poses a great challenge to even the most skilled craftsmen, not merely because of the woodwork, but also because the long paper cord seat demands an unusual degree of accuracy in order to appear linear.
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The story of PP Møbler starts in 1953. Two brothers, Ejnar and Lars Peder Pedersen, only recently graduated as carpenters, wish to set up a workshop of their own. They buy a small plot of land in Allerød and quickly gather eight young and talented cabinet makers.
The rest is history. Today, PP Møbler is one of the few remaining cabinet making workshops in Denmark. With a production covering the Japanese and the American market with furniture from Hans J. Wegner among others, the workshop is now an internationally recognised company with a strong tradition for crafting design furniture of high quality. Motivation has always been the love of wood and a stubborn belief that technique, ingenuity and craftsmanship can be combined in the strive for quality.
The craftsmen at PP Møbler are innovative and thorough working, encouraged to explore and develop skills in the constant search for a better way, a more precise way, of refining the production process, never compromising respect for the material.
The vast majority of PP Møbler’s wood supply comes from the beautiful sustainable forests of Denmark and Germany. The joy of working with wood as an organic whole makes environmental considerations a natural part of PP Møblers work ethics.
The sole purpose of PP Møbler is to create beautiful and functional furniture that can withstand daily use for generations.
Master of Craftsmen
Søren Holst Pedersen
PP has had a long working relationship with Hans Wegner. Frequently he let them develop prototypes and preproduction models of chairs he designed. Originally Hans Wegner wanted the Circle Chair be made in steel. It was PP Møbler who convinced him to do it in wood. They even constructed a special machine to create the exacting round form.
In the Circle Chair Video Hans Wegner inspects the creation of a circle chair himself.
The Tivoli chair can be experienced at the SE-exhibition until November 11th 2007 in Copenhagen and in January 2008 in Silkeborg. The Chair is the result of a collaborating experiment between PP Mobler and Swedish designer Frederik Mattson. The chair is made of ash wood, one of PP Mobler’s preferred materials. For the production itself they have used compressed wood, taking it to the extreme here by shaping four glued pieces of compressed wood that with the use of form-bending are able to rotate as a closed curve around a fixed axis. The shape of the curve is thus fixated, while the size grows bigger and bigger in a geometrical progression, thus the spiral shape makes up the chair’s seat, back, and sides. The shaping of the chair demands precision craftsmanship and specific treatment of the material. From the foot of the chair, made of red painted ash wood, there are six steel wires that at the end each have a glove shaped holder that both provides a strong grip and stabilizes the flexible spiral.