Love them or hate them, Nudie has undoubtedly done a lot to introduce raw denim to the masses. With their relentless efforts toward maintaining an eco-friendly frame of mind coupled with unconventional integration of denim, the Swedish brand continues to push the denim envelope. Their latest collaboration combines sustainability with Swedish design to produce three special interpretations of the classic Lamino chair made by Swedese, which celebrates the furniture producer’s 70th anniversary.
The Lamino chair, designed by Yngve Ekström in 1956, is a chair made of glue-laminated bentwood veneer with easy lines originally produced with a sheepskin seat. For a chair that’s held it’s own in the design arena for so long, it makes sense to incorporate quality materials that age well, which is exactly what Nudie did with their interpretations. The frame is made with untreated beechwood veneer with orange veneer in between–a reference to Nudie’s orange stitching. Two versions of the chair use an organic selvedge denim from Kaihara for the seat, the first version is raw while the second is washed and distressed by the ITAC washing factory in Italy. A third version of the chair is a natural veg-tanned leather from Tärnsjö Garveri.
Although this isn’t their first venture into uncharted denim territory, it is a part of their foray beyond clothing and this writer is certainly a fan. To embark on a journey into such territories can easily result in a painfully contrived product, but Nudie seems to be navigating the waters with grace.
For more info, including how to buy, check out Nudie’s blog.