For our latest in-store photoshoot we created a series of dining scenarios which feature two of our most popular table designs: the classic CH338 from Carl Hansen & Søn and MDF Italia’s minimal Lim 3.0. Here we highlight what makes them successful and present pieces they sit well with.
Oval dining tables possess the positive qualities of both a round and rectangular design. Like round tables they create an inclusive seating arrangement where no-one is left out. Simultaneously, they allow plenty of room through the centre for serving or sharing platters and fit comfortably in narrow spaces. Carl Hansen’s solid wood CH338 table was designed in 1962 by Hans J. Wegner, who was a driving force behind the ‘Danish Modern’ movement. This design is particularly adaptable as it accommodates up to four extension leaves which insert into a break in the centre. It is pictured above without an extension(s) in rich oiled oak.
MDF Italia produce Jean-Marie Massaud’s Aiku chair in a spectrum of optional elements and finishes. The chairs pictured have the shell and four-legged tapered base in gloss white, with the internal seat and backrest in matt olive green saffiano-effect polypropylene. This configuration adds a contemporary touch to the natural simplicity of Wegner’s mid-century design.
Also pictured in gloss white are the classic Componibili free-standing drawers by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell. Lightweight, functional and suitable for use throughout the house, the stackable design has been in production for over fifty years. Componibili holds the honour of being in the permanent collections of both MoMA and the Pompidou Centre.
Miyazaki Chair Factory’s DC10 chairs are one of our bestselling contemporary dining chairs. Designed for the revered Japanese workshop by Japanese-Danish duo Inoda+Sveje, the DC10 has an elegant, flowing frame. Miyazaki ensure full quality control by manufacturing every part themselves in Tokushima where the company was established in 1969. It is shown above in oiled oak with a beige mesh seat.
MDF Italia are known for using materials in innovative ways and the Lim 3.0 table pictured is no exception. The angular, extruded aluminium frame holds an embedded ceramic top with satin finish. Glass and Fenix are also options and all finishes are available in multiple colours. A strong, understated piece of design, Lim 3.0 would suit many chair types from a Thonet bentwood 214 to an aluminium Konstantin Grcic Chair One.
Surrounding the table are Verner Panton’s Panton One chairs. Originally designed in 1955 for a restaurant in Tivoli, Copenhagen, Panton One is re-issued by Montana. They are super comfortable due to the flexibility of the nylon and PVC cord which forms the back and seat. They are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Another much admired 1950s design is Alvar Aalto’s A810 floor lamp, which has an Art Deco look. The two hand-riveted shades are formed of delicate, lacquered metal strips, which together present a striking combination of lines and curves. Its stand and base are covered in black leather and the neck is exposed brass.
The Aiku chair can be seen here with a four-legged oak base. The silhouette of which is in keeping with the contemporary aesthetic, but the element of traditional joinery adds a healthy dose of contrast.
Running along the left of the photograph is a custom sideboard from modular furniture experts Montana – as is the blue and cream wall-mounted shelving unit. Montana’s range includes some ‘ready-to-wear’ furniture, like the Panton One chair, but they are equally well-known for their simple, colourful and adaptable storage system. Learn more about them here.
All furniture and lighting shown is currently on display in-store where we hold a library of material and colour samples for the majority of products.