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Lankku at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013



Expect more stunning contemporary design treats from By Corporation, as the Lankku Chair launches at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013 – Stand A12:03

In just a short time of existence By Corporation has already wowed attendees to the Stockholm furniture fair and beyond with the conceptually impressive works, Imeuble.

This year will see the same standards reached with the inclusion of a new statement piece of contemporary design from the talented young Finnish designer, Sanelma Hihnala.  

'The first prototype of Lankku was made for a course at school. The assignment was to make a double curvature chaise lounge with my own measurements. That didn’t happen. By the time I was making a mold to laminate plywood I realised that the mold itself for me was much more interesting.'  

'As a designer but also a consumer I’m a low tech- lover. I find myself very much interested in wood and how to use it as simply as possible. The less the wood is processed the more you can see the natural individuality in each object. I like to give the material a chance to show its natural beauty.'

And this is exactly the approach that was taken with the final design of Lankku.The natural beauty of each piece of birch wood is allowed to shine through and with natural bark present on both sides it gives the impression of a chair emerging from nature out of the wilderness and in transition to the contemporary environment. 

The relatively sharp and steep angles of the chair create dramatic lines but also a very natural, relaxed and comfortable sitting position ideal for lounging or reading. 

The natural approach is further enhanced with a traditional ‘gun blue’ finish applied to the metal supports of Lankku. This finish is used by gunmen & hunters on their weapons in order to prevent rust. It is a natural process in which a chemical reaction makes iron turn to a beautiful blue/brownish shade. 

The simplicity of the Lankku design and manufacture also makes the whole process more ecological which is an important factor for both By Corporation and Sanelma.   

'I’d like to think that the things I design are easy to make and long lasting but also at the end of their lives as something that won’t end up in landfills, read: chop them and heat the Sauna!'

Of course we think it’s highly unlikely anyone will be chopping up such a beautiful design as the Lankku chair any time soon.


Come and see Lankku for yourself at Stockholm Furniture Fair from 5th - 9th February 2013.



About Hihnala

 

Some of the skills you need to be a great designer include the ability to adapt and change to the unexpected, to see something that others don't see and to have the confidence to divert from your original plan when a better idea presents itself. All of which happened when Sanelma worked on a college project at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. Sanelma explains:  
 
'The first prototype of Lankku was made for a course at school. The assignment was to make a double curvature chaise lounge with my own measurements. That didn’t happen. By the time I was making a mold to laminate plywood I realised that the mold itself for me was much more interesting.'  
'As a designer but also a consumer I’m a low tech- lover. I find myself very much interested in wood and how to use it as simply as possible. The less the wood is processed the more you can see the natural individuality in each object. I like to give the material a chance to show its natural beauty.'