Kerstin Hörlin Holmquist 'Stora Kraal' Lounge Chair in Woven Cane
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Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist for Nordiska Kompaniet, 'Stora Kraal' lounge chair, cane, coated steel, leather, steel, rubber, Sweden, design 1952, produced 1950s
The 'Stora Kraal' easy chair was designed by Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist in 1952 and made its debut at the 'Möbler 52' exhibition in Gothenburg. It captured the attention of Nordiska Kompaniet and its head Elias Svedberg, who recognized Hörlin-Holmquist's exceptional talent. The chair was swiftly added to Nordiska Kompaniet's renowned Triva Collection. For the Kraal chairs, the designer drew inspiration from African traditions and seamlessly combined expert craftsmanship with industrial production techniques. An open, shell-shaped construction executed in woven cane constitute its seat. The minimal looking base is comprised of black coated steel rods. With its tilted backrest that seamlessly transitions into the low-positioned armrests in combination with the deep seat, the chair provides exceptional seating comfort.
Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist (1925-1997) was a notable Swedish modernist architect and designer renowned for her remarkable aptitude for creating designs for contemporary homes during the 1950s. In her work, she was resolute in disregarding short lived trends and public opinion, instead opting to remain faithful to her unique and humanistic design vision. As a result, her designs are presently held in high esteem as valuable collectibles, and are seldom encountered at auction.
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