Danish studio Tableau and designer Ari Prasetya have filled the Connie-Connie cafe in Copenhagen’s contemporary art gallery with chairs created by 25 designers from leftover wood.
Tableau and Prasetya designed the café as a new addition to Copenhagen Contemporary, an international art center housed in a former welding factory in the city’s Refshaløen district.
As the café is located in the gallery, Tableau, who created the overall spatial design for the 150 square meter space, wanted to explore how furniture can also be art.
“We really wanted to show how furniture can become functional works of art and also how a spatial design can be dictated by one material and one direction involving multiple designers, artists and architects,” said Julius Værnes Iversen, Creative Director of Tableau , in Dezeen.
The studio worked with Australian designer Prasetya, who was in charge of designing and manufacturing the bar as well as a number of other furnishings in the space.
They collaborated with 24 other creatives to create seats for the café. All seats were made from leftover wood from Danish flooring brand Dinesen.
“We chose to work with Dinesen scraps,” Iversen explained. “I have always been fascinated by the company and especially by the quality of their equipment.”
“The offcuts are leftover material from their board production, so we also used material that is normally little used,” he added.
Tableau aims to work with a large number of artists, designers and architects on its projects, because the studio believes that diversity in design and art produces the most interesting result.
For Connie-Connie, the only parameters the studio gave designers were the size of each seat and the requirement that it be comfortable.
“We curated attendees being very mindful of the type of designer, artist, or architect we wanted to attend,” Iversen said.
“So the end result pretty much shows how we organize in Tableau in general. We like a wide variety of directions.”
Prasetya, who created three of the chairs, said there was no difficulty working with scrap wood.
“For me, it’s more about the choice of material, where you have many different ways of working with specific wood species,” he told Dezeen.
“Obviously strength and construction are very important, so knowing what part of the shaft, grain direction all have to be considered.”
Prasetya’s three chairs for the space include the asymmetrical and more classic Genno Armmi as well as Stine’s Desire, which he describes as “phallic reflection and expression”.
“A play on size, scale, demonstrating companies’ constant idea of ’bigger is better’, the Stines chair was created through humorous banter about desire and a mention from the false perception of always wanting more,” Prasetya said.
The interior of the Connie-Connie Cafe has been painted in a green color which contrasts with the clean natural wood color on most of the seating and also nods to the origins of the furnishings.
“To create a cohesive spatial design with an eclectic furniture collection, we chose to color all floors and walls in a monotone green color,” Iversen said.
“A color we found on the packaging of the Dinesen wooden planks when visiting the production in southern Denmark with the artists,” he added.
“Normally their boards come with this important colored cover to protect them from rain and humidity.”
All Connie-Connie pieces will be sold either as singular originals or as reproductions.
Alongside Tableau, the creatives participating in the project were among others, Anna Clarisse Holck Wæhrens, Anne Brandhøj, Arnaud Eubelen, Ari Prasetya, Bram Vanderbeke, Carsten In Der Elst, Davide Ronco, Frederik Gustav, Jacob Egeberg, Janis Karasevskis, Kevin Josias, Kim Lenschow, Kristine Mandsberg, Laurids Gallée, Mads Hilbert, Pablo Dorigo Sempere, Paul Cournet, Pettersen & Hein, Pil Whitta, Natalie P Koerner and Thomas Gayet.
Tableau previously featured Cornucopia, a collection of vases the studio designed with Röd Studio from steel and wool.
Other showcases of Danish design include Ukurant, an exhibition of emerging Danish artists that took place during the 3 Days of Design design festival.
Photography is by Michael Rygaard, unless otherwise noted.