Dialogue – A Chair That Is Up For Negotiation

November 17, 2009

Dialogue – A Chair That Is Up For Negotiation, is an exhibition on now until January 31, 2010, that is put on by the Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition, an association of Danish furniture manufactures and designers, who’s purpose is to develop and stage an annual exhibition of new and experimental furniture types with strong practical and artistic qualities and excellent craftsmanship.

Full description of the exhibition after the photos….


Designed by Christina Strand:

Designed by Thomas E. Alken:

Designed by Torben Skov:

Designed by Peter Johansen & Ingeborg Stence Clausen:

Designed by Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm:

Designed by Torben Skov:

Designed by Troels Grum-Schwensen:

Designed by Jeremy Walton:

Designed by Komplot Design:

Designed by Henrik Sørig Thomsen:

Designed by Steen Dueholm Sehested:

Designed by Mogens Toft:

Designed by Mia Gammelgaard:

Designed by Søren Ulrik Petersen:

Designed by Lovorika Banovic:

Designed by Johannes Foersom & Peter Hiort-Lorenzen:

Designed by Hans Sandgren Jakobsen:

Designed by Karen Kjærgaard & Nanna Gram:

Designed by Sebastian Holmbäck and Ulrik Nordentoft:

Designed by Claus Bjerre:

Designed by Carlo Volf:

Designed by Erling Christoffersen & Hanne Vedel:

Designed by Andreas Lund:

Designed by Niels Hvass:

Designed by Søren Ulrik Petersen & Claus Mølgaard/Molgaard APS:

Designed by Jakob Jørgensen:

Designed by Henrik Ingemann Nielsen:

Designed by Niels Gammelgaard:

Designed by Ben Clement & Sebastian de la Cour:

Designed by Niels Jørgen Haugesen:

Designed by Eske Rex:

Designed by Line Depping:

Designed by Jakob Thau:

Designed by Hannes Stephensen:

Designed by Torben Bay:

Dialogue – A Chair That Is Up For Negotiation

Would Obama, Netanyahu or Hu Jintao all pick the same chair for negotiations during the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, COP15? Might the chair be a sandbox? Two chairs tied together by one length of fabric? Might it resemble a fountain with water jets indicating different points of view? Be a transparent wall? Or a chair with flexible legs? Does it even make sense to think that a chair can make a difference?

The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition explore this question with the chair exhibition “DIALOGUE – a chair that is up for negotiation”, which takes its point of departure in the 2009 climate change summit, COP15, where the world leaders are tasked with achieving improvements on the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. A summit that requires an open mind, determination and collaboration.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek forms the setting for the exhibition with its collection of seating furniture steeped in tradition and history, ranging from thrones, stools and rocks to actual chair types. 35 entirely new chair individuals created specifically for this exhibition address the question whether a piece of furniture might carry the capacity for communication. Whether a chair can condition the negotiation situation. Whether it might act as a mitigating circumstance. By providing comfort? By adding aesthetics? By breaking the ice? The questions are quirky, philosophical and diverse. As are the 35 innovative chair interpretations.