In 2000, Björn Jakobson, founder of the company BabyBjörn, was hit with the idea of creating a beautiful building for art and cultural experiences somewhere in the Stockholm archipelago.

He produced Artipelag – an international venue for art, as well as events, activities and good food, set in the Stockholm archipelago, about 20 minutes from the city centre.

The design and architecture of the Artipelag expresses an interplay between nature and art, with features such as a walkway leading up to a Sedum-plant-covered roof, a huge rock in the restaurant and stunning walls sloping into the smaller art rooms. These features, along with the long shadows and muted light of the low November sun, inspired the design team when creating the November chair.

Jakobson approached Veryday designers Peter Ejvinsson and Emmy Larsson eight months prior to the opening of the centre. The request was to design a chair specifically for the Artipelag with the potential of becoming a furniture classic. The requirements were that the chair should be comfortable, beautiful and durable.

“We wanted to create an extremely rigid and durable design, with a soft ‘touch and feel’,” says Peter Ejvinson, industrial designer at Veryday. “Many visitors stop and want to touch the chair and sit in it.”
The soft shapes and surfaces create lines that build the character.

Most of the design work was done using scale models, carefully sculpturing each part of the chair by hand. This allowed the designers to dictate the smooth transition between the shapes and angles of the chair with full control, making sure the chair was beautiful from every angle – including the back of the chair, which, of course, is actually the front when placed at a table.

Apart from the aesthetically pleasing and sophisticated form, the design team has also considered the ergonomic aspects. “To make sure the chair would be comfortable, the backrest was made wide and with smooth radiuses. The seat surface is 3D-shaped to help spread the load over a greater area. The way the chair is designed, there is a smooth transition between legs, seat and back rest, minimising sharp corners,” Ejvinson explains. In short, November is ergonomically designed for comfort.

November is manufactured at a carpentry factory with almost 100 years of experience in chair production, while using the latest technology to guarantee superb quality and longevity. “The chair is produced in Slov-enia. It’s made from 10 separate CNC milled pieces of wood. The pieces are then glued together and lightly sanded. Due to the high tolerances of the CNC 
machine, no extra work is needed,” says Ejvinson.

The November chair won an iF Gold Award 2013, is currently in production and is available for purchase in the Artipelag’s design shop.

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Look out for ‘!’

Look out for ‘!’

‘Ma’ is a Japanese term that indicates spatial intervals, a sort of gap or pause that allows people to interpret with their own consciousness.

Design for victory

Design for victory

In no other field is so much importance attached to the perfect handling characteristics of technical aids as it is in sports. Equipment serves to enable participants to achieve maximum performance, where sometimes only milliseconds or millimetres can decide between success and failure.

Play, You

Opportunities for design in times of crisis

Professor Carlos Hinrichsen is president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), director of the School of Design at the Instituto Profesional DuocUC de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, design director of Design Innovation in the Latin American Region and lead chair of the International Design Alliance (IDA).


What’s in a name?

The strength of iconic modernist furniture design means that its allure today is as strong as ever – as evidenced by the plethora of replica designer furniture available. Yet, in the war between authentic design and reproduction, which reigns supreme?