Inspired by the soft curves and materiality found in nature, especially the pebbles and driftwood Tove Kindt-Larsen would collect from the whitesand beach at the seaside resort of Hornbæk on Denmark’s northern coast, the Grace Chair is a compilation of curves. It comprises a circular seat atop a slightly larger, offset, circular base, with an embracing backrest populated with long loops of rattan. The lower part of the backrest is woven together to support a generous upholstered seat cushion.
The flexibility of rattan – its ability to be bent and shaped at will – is at the heart of Tove Kindt-Larsen’s vision for the Grace Chair. The result is a daring balance of elegance and informality, resulting in a piece that will make a bold statement as it casts playful shadows across any interior space, while welcoming those who regularly curl up inside it like an old friend
Tove Kindt-Larsen (née Reddersen, 1906-1994) was one of the first female designers to emerge during Denmark’s ‘Golden Era’ in the mid-twentieth century. An architect by training, with several years of furniture design under her belt, she embarked on a furniture design course at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, under the ‘godfather of Danish design’ Kaare Klint.
Her furniture was characterized by a fine sense of quality and a design language that responded to evolving tastes of the time. She was an early pioneer in rattan chairs and the use of molded plywood and well as moving away from designing room sets and instead conceiving individual pieces of furniture so that homeowners could curate their own spaces.