The Röhsska chair was presented in Gothenburg on September 4, 2012, at the inauguration of the new Röhsska café. The world introduction will take place in London 19th – 22nd September 2012 During 100% Design London, Stand L310, Interiors Hall, Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre 2. The Röhsska Museum of Design and Decorative Arts in Gothenburg opened to the general public in 1916 and is Sweden’s only museum for design, fashion and handicrafts. The opening of the newly renovated Röhsska café is a start of Röhsska’s centennial celebrations.
Claesson Koivisto Rune designed the new chair for the museum’s café. The chair is 100% wood and 100% made in Sweden by furniture company, Swedese. ”The Röhsska chair is perhaps the chair we’ve designed, so far, that has given us the greatest satisfaction. Of course, it follows a Scandinavian modern tradition of wooden chair design but is, in our minds, distinctly contemporary in shape and proportions. Some 60 years (combined) of our design experience has gone into sculpting this chair”, says Mårten Claesson of Claesson Koivisto Rune, and continues:
”Part of the satisfaction has been taking on a design that is stripped from conceptual aspects into strictly being about comfort, tactility and beauty. We feel that it is timeless”. The Röhsska chair is now part of Swedese’s collection and for every chair sold Swedese is donating 50 kronor to the purposely-formed Swedese Foundation, which will promote the quality and competence of the design museum.
The chairs at Röhsska have a special detail that does not appear in the line production. Each chair has two holes, placed at random, taken from the museum’s logo. (Symbolizing the Swedish letter Ö in Röhsska.) In addition, Swedese have donated 10 signed, unique ’Ö-hole’ chairs which will be sold for 10,000 kronor each, the entire sum of which goes to the Swedese Foundation and thus forms its first contribution.Designer: Claesson Koivisto Rune Project name: The Röhsska chair