Your Wegner, Your Great Dane, Your Life

Hans Wegner’s GE 240 (nicknamed the cigar, probably due to the shape of the arm, but no doubt it could have been that many cigars have been smoked while lounging in the chair, designed in 1951, is a classic example of his work; simple organic, beautifully made and perfect for lounging in.
Wegner often said, “If you want to know the chair has been designed properly, lift it up and look underneath’. The Cigar is a great example of this, from every angle its appealing. Wegner’s complete understanding of the human form and desire to resolve his designs was amazing and something to admire.

The Danish Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels Group at Shanghai Expo 2010

The Danish pavilion at EXPO 2010 will give visitors the opportunity to try some of the best aspects of Danish city life themselves. Through interaction, the visitors are able to actually experience some of Copenhagen’s best attractions – the city bike, the harbor bath, playground settings, a picnic on the roof garden and the opportunity to see the authentic H.C Andersen’s Little Mermaid. 
 BIG’s double-loop structure has a cycle park on the roof containing 300 free bikes for visitors, and features as its centrepiece a pool overlooked by the Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen – specially imported for the Expo – where visitors can swim.

Moller Memories

I was recently reminded by a friend of just how far our pieces have to travel to begin their new life in our client’s homes. This often brings back memories of particular trips to Denmark.

On one of these trips I had a meeting planned with Jorgen Moller at the Moller factory and I had coincidently just found an original Brazilian rosewood sideboard by Jorgen's father, Niels Moller. I asked Jorgen if he remembered this design....... well he did.

His face lit up and Jorgen told me a wonderful story of how his father used to pay him 1DKK for every J.L.Moller stamp he tacked onto the sideboards, I could see it really brought him back to his childhood.

This confirms for me how in touch we are with the soul and history of these pieces.
Moller only used the highest quality rosewood and this can be seen in this model which has extraordinary grain.

Designer: Niels Moller
Designed: Early1950’s
Maker: J.L.Moller
Product code: F3424
Dimensions: 210cm x 48cm x H80cm

Happy 50th Birthday to the SAS Royal Hotel

Happy 50th Birthday to the worlds first designer hotel - the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen designed by architect Arne Jacobsen in 1960.

Meticulously designed the SAS Royal Hotel is one of the top five-star hotels in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Room 606 is famously still in its original state. 

As part of the celebrations, a recreation of room 606 from the hotel has been created at the SAS Business Lounge at Copenhagen Airport.

...Anton missed it by 2 weeks - grrr!

Great Dane Restoration MasterClass

For the first time ever, Great Dane Melbourne will hold a Restoration MasterClass on restoration of modern classics.

Workshop Manager, Byron Reyneke, will illustrate for attendees Danish restoration techniques through the observation of the restoration of a Plank Chair and a two door cabinet.

Attendees will learn how to:

           o repair wobbly chair legs
           o remove water marks
           o fix sticky drawers

The Masterclass will conclude at Great Dane Showroom where Anton will talk about the finished product. All participants will receive a furniture care kit as a gift from us.

What: Great Dane Furniture Restorers Masterclass
When: Saturday 14 August, 2010
Where: Great Dane Furniture Workshop, 43 Porter Street, Prahran
Time: 9am -12pm
Price: $50.00 per person
Bookings: 03 9510-6111

Please note bookings are essential as places are strictly limited.