Chest in Kalmar Pine by Claus Bjerre for Dansk Møbelkunst.
Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery’s collaboration with talented Danish furniture designer Claus Bjerre is part of a new initiative launched by the gallery. Dansk Møbelkunst has teamed up with a select group of contemporary designers to further cultivate the values that apply to the work within the field of 20th century Nordic design.
“The chest is a furniture type that seems largely forgotten, yet it has such a broad function. Claus’ work is both thorough and innovative, carefully designed and constructed, it is simply good design and represents an experimenting and creative continuation of the Danish cabinetmaking tradition,” Ole Høstbo says.
Claus Bjerre normally works within the field of experimental furniture design, creating unique pieces that challenge traditional notions of design and construction methods: “Most of my work is not suited for mass production, but it is still important to me that my furniture gets a life outside the workshop; that they are not only experiments – and this collaboration makes it possible. To me a piece of furniture is not finished until it is used”, Bjerre explains.
The inherent quality of the material.
The chest is made in Kalmar Pine and characterized by a very harmonious exterior with vertical, displaced pieces of wood, that create a beautiful contrasting effect of light and shadow. This structure continues on the lid where it merges into a refined interlaced structure – a feature that is also present when you open the hinged lid. The chest contains two loose trays nestled above the main compartment. It is realised in 20 examples.
Danish furniture designer Claus Bjerre graduated from the School of Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. He works within the field of both traditional and experimental furniture design, larger productions and interior design. He teaches at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology and has won several prizes, including prizes from The Danish Arts Foundation.