Design by Nikolaj Blinkenberg Willadsen
X-Chair is the first of many in the new ALPHABET-Series. It is so new that the name might still be preliminary. Any suggestions?
X-Chair – four different versions
The X-Chair is produced in four different versions. An exclusive handmade model in 3 different combinations made of oil treated Oak and smoked oak with beige or black flak cords and bras fittings.
A cheaper machine-milled version is also available made out of high quality multilayer birch plywood, Ash Tree ribs assembled with chrome fittings.
Do not hesitate to inquire about combinations of a whole third species of wood. However, the cord is only available in black and beige.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The X-Chair is oil-treated in both versions. The versions in solid wood is treated with crude linseed oil, while the plywood is treated with white pigmented kitchen table oil.
Both can simply be cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth and vacuuming the cords.
If the wood loses its luster or becomes rye-and-dry, the chair can be re-treated with the above mentioned oil-types and optionally sanded before with grain 220 paper.
Over time, the cords may become a bit loose. It is irrelevant to daily use, but from an aesthetically viewpoint, some would think the cords should be tight. Therefore, the chair is designed so that it is possible to re-tightening the cords. The cords are strong and stretch-stable with their nylon core. Therefore, if they become limp, it is due to tightening in the windings during use. The back and seat are braided in one piece, which starts midway between the seat and back in the right side of the chair. From here, the cords are separately clamped, ending at the at the outer point of the back and seat of the chair respectively. There is a small piece of string under the windings, with an approximately 10cm long end placed between the cords. This is used for tensioning(see video). Alternatively, you can simply equalize the tension in the cords in the same way as you do the tightening. The chair is fitted as standard with a slightly softer tension in the back than in the seat.
Story – From WAVE to X- The ALPHABET-Series
The sketches for the very first X-Chair, was a lounge chair in steel and leather with a frame that was based on a laser-cut stainless-steel plate, which is subsequently bent into shape – thus the name “Wave”. The design was to be fitted with a single leather cushion without padding. Just like Poul Kjærholm’s PK22.
The principle behind the design stems from an idea to make a whole series of furniture and accessories (candlesticks, tableware etc.), all of which could be cut by one a plate, thus optimising the use of materials.
All designs in the series are bent at different angles from the same direction. I have named it the WAVE-Series, but it has never seen the light of day because I do not have the liquidity to realise the series.
That is why I threw myself over a distributed design where the idea is that everyone can download my drawings together with a production guide, and for a small fee for the drawings as well as per unit produced.
It turned into the WATERFALL X-Chair. However, I was so excited by the visual expression of the WATERFALL X-Chair that I further developed the design to be a chair with a back and seat of stretched cords. And that’s how my new X-Chair was created – sometimes a lot has to go around.
INSPIRED by Poul Kjærholm – by coincidence
It wasn’t until I finished the first prototype of the X-Chair that I realized that I was more or les unknowingly inspired by one of my favorite designs – Poul Kjærholm’s iconic PK22, and not only that, Poul Kjærholm’s graduation project from the Royal Academy of Art – PK25. PK25 is a chair made in one piece – just like my WAVE-Chair, and consists of stretched cords just like my X-Chair developed into.
In other words, I can see that the subconscious has once again played me a plaster, just like the time when I drew a lamp similar to Verner Panton’s Moon Lamp. While my UFO Lamp was a 100% unconscious rib-off, the question then is whether to say the same about my X-Chair. I don’t think so, because while Poul Kjærholm’s steel frame bears the impression of being grounded in industrial design, my X-Chair is more based on proud Danish carpentry traditions.
I hope the X-Chair will have a good reception. The first 3 orders can be purchased at a great discount. No. 1 is already in stock. The next ones must be produced on backorder.
Later there will be a version in light oak with black cords, in addition a version with a stretched leather cushion, and finally a cheaper version in CNC milled birch plywood.
Of course, the DIY fans should not be cheated, so I will do construction drawings and guidance for the WATERFALL X-Chair when I have the time – whether the WAVE-Series will ever see the light of day is another question that remains to be answered.