25 creatives design chairs with wood offcuts for the Danish art centre's café interiors

Danish studio TABLEAU curated the spatial design of Connie-Connie café at the Copenhagen Contemporary, an endeavour rooted in collaboration and craftsmanship.

by Zohra KhanPublished on : Feb 25, 2022

Yesterday I called up my mentor, who is a Delhi-based architect, and asked, "why do architects like to design chairs?" He laughed and said, "Because all masters have done it - Corbusier, Charles & Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen, you name them." "But to give you a rational explanation," he added, "chairs test your mettle. In design, the smaller you go, the more complex it gets. It tests your knowledge of craftsmanship – it’s like a mini test for an architect.” One thing that he said, which particularly caught my attention was, how designing chairs is about exposing oneself to a 'no context' zone. A chair is location agnostic - it can be used in a desert or an island, unlike buildings that are embedded in a specific landscape. And then comes establishing comfort, which is the toughest of all aspects.

Inside Copenhagen Contemporary’s new cafeteria, Connie-Connie, designed by Danish studio TABLEAU | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
Inside Copenhagen Contemporary’s new cafeteria, Connie-Connie, designed by Danish studio TABLEAU Image: Michael Rygaard

Speaking of chairs and its fetish with architects, at the Danish museum Copenhagen Contemporary, local design studio TABLEAU brought 25 artists, designers and architects to design unique chairs using wood offcuts for the 150 sqm new cafeteria, Connie-Connie. The interiors designed by TABLEAU's Creative Director, Julius Værnes Iversen, and designer Katrine Morel explored how a singular material and a direction involving multiple creatives could dictate the spatial design of a project. The leftover wood for the chairs, provided by Danish wood company Dinesen, was procured from their plank production facility - a space which also gave the architects the clue to deciding the colour palette of the interiors. “We chose to colour all floors and walls in a monotone green – a colour we found on the packaging of the Dinesen wood planks when visiting the production site in the South of Denmark together with the artists,” says Josephine Jein, Communications and E-Commerce Manager at TABLEAU.

  • TABLEAU collaborated with Australian designer Ari Prasetya for the project | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
    TABLEAU collaborated with Australian designer Ari Prasetya for the project Image: Michael Rygaard
  • The green spatial thematic was drawn from wood company Dinesen’s plank production packaging | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
    The green spatial thematic was drawn from wood company Dinesen’s plank production packaging Image: Michael Rygaard
  • Wood offcuts being used to design a stool by Among Other Things| Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
    Wood offcuts being used to design a stool by Among Other Things Image: Courtesy of TABLEAU
  • Coloured foam for a chair designed by Kristine Mandsbjerg | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
    Coloured foam for a chair designed by Kristine MandsbjergImage: Courtesy of TABLEAU
  •  A table in process designed by Jacob Egeberg | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
    A table in process designed by Jacob Egeberg Image: Courtesy of TABLEAU

Home to the adaptive reuse of a former welding company, Copenhagen Contemporary is one of Scandinavia’s largest exhibition venues showcasing installation art by contemporary and emerging artists inside its renovated 7000 sqm industrial halls. For the design of Connie-Connie, TABLEAU was inspired by the modern approach of the museum in everything that it does. Driven to tap into that energy, the studio created a “universe” where art, design, set design and spatial design become one entity. The studio collaborated with Australian designer Ari Prasetya, who sculpted the green bar, a long desk by the window, a dining table, and three chairs which are part of the furniture collection. TABLEAU, besides deciding the overall theme and design of the café, also crafted large stacked tables around which the different chairs were organised within the space.

TABLEAU designed the square tables for the space around which the furniture collection was organised | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
TABLEAU designed the square tables for the space around which the furniture collection was organised Image: Michael Rygaard

"The overall theme we would say is craftsmanship. So many different people showed their own take on the assignment, and it’s incredible how you actually recognise the different artist/designers/architects in their work, if you know them already,” Josephine tells STIR. “We really wanted to showcase how furniture can become functional pieces of art.”

The pieces at Connie-Connie are up for sale as both independent units or as a reproduction | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
The pieces at Connie-Connie are up for sale as both independent units or as a reproduction Image: Marco Van Rijt

Within the furniture collection, as per TABLEAU, you will meet a remake of the renowned LC2 chair, coloured foam, “children” chairs with drawings and metal pieces looking like gum, and pieces where special laser techniques have been used to create patterns in the beautiful wood offcuts.

Here are a few pieces from Connie-Connie that caught our eye.

The Genno Chair by Ari Prasetya | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
The Genno Chair by Ari Prasetya Image: Courtesy of TABLEAU
The Genno Chair by Ari Prasetya | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
Flooring Chair by Carsten In Der Elst Image: Courtesy of TABLEAU
Stine’s Desire Chair by Ari Prasetya| Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
Stine’s Desire Chair by Ari Prasetya Image: Courtesy of TABLEAU
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck by Thomas Gayet | Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck by Thomas Gayet Image: Marco Van Rijt
Branch out by Janis Karasevskis| Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
Branch out by Janis Karasevskis Image: Marco Van Rijt
Offcut Chair 01 by Pettersen & Hein| Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
Offcut Chair 01 by Pettersen & Hein Image: Courtesy of TABLEAU
Cube Stool by Kristine Mandsberg| Connie Connie | Copenhagen | STIRworld
Cube Stool by Kristine Mandsberg Image: Courtesy of TABLEAU

The furniture collection at Connie-Connie is up for sale both as independent units and reproductions, via TABLEAU.

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