One Good Chair and Hans Wegner

Seat of Honor: Denmark honors Hans WegnerOn 100th Anniversary with “one good chair” exhibit

 He could be called “Chair Man of the Board” for his contributions to modern Danish art, his 1500 designs of chairs, and his use of natural wood and fiber. I love the passion he had for taking beautiful natural wood and creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He influenced a lot of designers throughout the world and is considered one of the fathers of organic modernism. He was one of my true inspirations for doing what I do today.

 Wegner delighted in creating aesthetically beautiful chairs from natural materials, combining form and functionality in ways never seen before. He was especially popular in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s. I loved the way he got inspired from things like axe-handles and oars to create his organic designs. I look for inspirations myself every day in nature’s backyard.

 Wegner designed his first chair in 1949. It was his first, but it wouldn’t be his last. As Wegner put it, “If only you could design just one good chair in your life... but you simply cannot." So he went and designed 1500 more.

 A lot of modernists like Wegner were considered boring, but not him. His designs were called very “human.” They were poetry in motion and also very practical. I walk the same natural path with my own Aspen log creations. People seem to love one-of-kind pieces of nature-inspired furniture.

Below are a few of my favorites




Shell Chair and Halyard Chair

The designmuseum danmark is featuring the exhibit. “Wegner: just one good chair,” in Copenhagen now through November 2, 2014. It tells the story of his life and work, using 150 pieces of his work along with his drawings, photos and models. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.

til next time. xx Andrea 

Asymmetry and Imperfection

Nature cannot be made more perfect. Every tree, rock and stream etc, is beautiful is it's own simplicity. Wind has hand carved the time that has gone by. Water and sun patina most anything in its view. There is just no improvement one can do to natures work.The natural direction of growth and age presents itself to the eye in wonder.

I love riding my horse, out here in Colorado, through the Pinyon Pine. They are natures sculptures, always changing and morphing in to craggy shapes. They grow in the most arid landscapes out west. It leaves you in wonder.

As a furniture designer I want to balance the "naturalness" with contemporary. I use thick planks to feel the weight and work with it's natural inherency's. We handcraft our pieces with mostly clear wood here at Andi-Le to work within the aesthetic. Knots are great opportunities for a unique piece of furniture. The grains might also enhance the end result. Adding other elements, for instance stainless steel, acrylic, or stone change the dynamic for the chosen decor.

Check out Andi-Le's latest one of a kind pieces to see where the inspiration leads. Live Creatively,

Until next time, Andrea