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PAPERCORD WEAVING A DANISH TRADITION

The craft, in Denmark, can be traced back to the early 1800. During the long winter years, the production of cords made of straw was used to tighten hay stacks to be easily 
transported to the stocking barn. Farmers concerned with using easily available materials rapidly started using twisted staw cords to make sitting furniture more comfortable to rest on. Later on, was seagrass introduced, with its characteristic grayish green tone, and chosen for its nearby availability.
 
The technique of weaving furniture has now been used in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia for over a 100 years by furniture makers.
During world war II the supply of seagrass reduced drastically and experimenting with paper cords gave good results, smooth to use with its strong hold made it an ideal material for producing cords and applying weaving technics.
 
 
Paper cords today are found in various type and quality. The straight cords are used for their smooth esthetic on Danish chairs like the popular H.J Wegner “Y-chair”, or “Peacock chair”, the more rustic and coarse twisted paper cords are seen on funiture like Kåre Klint “Church chair” ( Kirkestolen for FDB ),  or Børge Mogensen J39 chair also called the people´s chair, ( Folkestolen ). Black cords, a later introduction, are now being used on recent models.
 
 
Like most time consuming handcrafted production today, paper cord weaving is mostly applied on quality furniture that will have a higher prices tag.
Although not that common in every Europeen country any more, specialized craftsmen can restore your furniture to an original standard with seagrass or papercord,  and give them a new life span that can stretch up to around 20 years.
 
This valuable craft that mainly derives from a rural environment has now found its place in tasteful and privileged interiors, and it is particularily reassuring for us to witness that mankind has a way of holding on to the clever technics discovered through its creative history. 

REF: Wikipedia
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MODERNTRIBUTE LOS ANGELES COLLAB NORWEGIANRAIN

A Elegant mix of High-End Norwegian fashion, Mid-Century environment provided by ModernTribute in collaboration with Designer T-Michael and Brand  Norwegianrain at HLorenzo´s store on Sunset Blvd Los Angeles. Late Nov to end Jan 2015. ModernTribute presented a selections of Norwegian Mid-Century pieces to compliment high-end Collection of Bergen based fashion designer T-Michael and Brand Norwegianrain in a successful conceptual PopUp started 19th of Nov 2015. The Norwegian pieces were well received by the Los Angeles crowd and went to savvy Californian Mid-Century Scandinavian Collectors.

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MIDCENTURY MODERN HERE TO STAY

When I was studying at Sotheby Educational Studies 25 years ago, Architect and Designer pieces where hardly seen at auction houses. Some, maybe, would pop up on very selective Art sales with an attitude, mainly by eminent architects like Mies Van der Rohe or Franck lloyd Wright.

Pieces by lesser known designers and architects and manufactured mainstream furniture would not be considered. Vintage Danish design design was in a sleeping mode, and Space age was in the stratosphere. 

Today most auction houses lists includes a large proportion of furniture and artefacts from the 20th Century. Contemporary Interior Decorating, shows a vivid interest in 20th century pieces, and architect and design pieces are vastly being integrated into public and private interiors.

Some pieces are now considered “20th century antiques ” and are highly collectable.

Salvaging and collecting quality items from our retrospective past has become a noble passion and life style for some, of which I am a part of. 

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EDVIN HELSETH AND THE TRYBO SERIES

Designed by Edvin Helseth in 1966 the Trybo Series, manufactured to fit into a Cabin model of the same name shows the result of an ingenious collaboration between Designer and wood mill Stange bruk. 

Stripped down, straight forward design using standard wood measures, peg joints and flat packing formats reflects the popularity of a growing market for Modern furniture of that period.