French Design House AK-LH Graphic Spin on 1950′s Scandinavian Style Wing Back Chairs

27 Dec

This Scandinavian style wing back chair by AK-LH, a ‘Classic’ from the 1950′s, has a graphic dressing that makes it stand out far more for its uniqueness than its apparent beautiful lines and curves. The chair makes you take pause to study them, admire their creativity, and whimsical graphic nature. From the ‘Flow’ edition that is practically a chart of the central nervous system, to the quirky ‘Talk’ edition, that could seat the person who is the life of the party, they all bring a sense of playfulness to any room.

The simple story behind these bold chair designs that mix graphic design, painting and urban art, goes something like this…

Years ago in Stockholm, Aksel Varichon, one of the founders of AK-LH design house, received a chair as a gift from his aunt Wera. The original chair which now stands in his Parisian apartment, sparked a glorious idea. One day, Aksel and AK-LH manager Francois Le Helloco Boulenger wanted to ‘put someone in the chair’ in a permanent way and the ‘Tante Wera’ wing chair was born.

‘Flow’ Wing chair

Made entirely in France, every model of the ‘Tante Wera‘ wing chair is produced in limited edition of 7. Manufactured in the heart of the Vosges forest, its solid beech bases are then entirely dressed by expert fingers. Fingers belonging to the skilled woodworkers and upholsterers who work on these works of art, have all been taught in the best schools in the Neufchâteau area, french style seat historical centre. The 100% natural fabric made from 58% cotton and 42% linen, is printed in the Lyon region.

Quite the conversation pieces, the two ‘Flow’ and ‘Talk’ prototype chairs were first introduced during the Graphismes exhibition set up in 2008 by the Parisian gallery Artegalore (Stéphanie de Santis & Guillaume Garouste).

‘Talk’ Wing chair

The ‘Flow’ chair was exhibited in Paris in 2008-2009 by 107 Rivoli (‘Musée des Arts décoratifs de Paris’ shop inside the Louvre museum) and at the Body House by François Bernard trends gallery during ‘Maison & Objet’ international fair in September 2009.

‘Food’ Wingchair

There is a latest addition to this range of digitally printed ‘Tante Wera’ wing chairs.  The ‘Food’ chair, which was presented in 2011 at Sentou (Paris). Instead of the use of figures, a graphic pattern has been applied to this chair.

We’ll take one of each!

Mind you, AK-LH offers don’t stop here, they have other offerings as well. In AK-LH’s graphic design creation and edition studio 2012-2013 catalogue, they feature 5 collections (cushions, tea towels, kitchen linen and bags), the new ‘Comics’, ‘Pastel’ (seen below) and ‘Techno’ ranges and also the ‘Freaks’ and ‘Food’ flagship collections.

‘Pastel’ Cushions

The mastermind behind every AK-LH creation, Aksel Varichon, is a graphic designer and illustrator,who  graduated from ESAG Penninghen (Graphic Art School) in Paris. He has been creating an eclectic array of design work for cinema posters, logos, CD/DVD’s and art books since 1999.

You can find these chairs at the following retailers: Etoffe and UARDesign and at the AK-LH website itself where you can learn more about their products.

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