Danish architecture and design studio Spacon & X collaborated with German brand e15 to create this collection of furniture for POPL restaurant in Copenhagen, which is made of distinctive grained ash wood.
Spacon & X was commissioned to create the interior of the POPL restaurant in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen, including a range of bespoke wooden furniture.
The studio worked with Frankfurt-based e15 to produce the Gamar chair and stool, which are shortlisted in the seating design category of the 2021 Dezeen Awards.
POPL is the latest addition to the Noma family of restaurants and is run by a group of former employees of the famous restaurant established in 2004.
Spacon & X’s simple design for the bespoke chair, stool, tables and valet contributes to a holistic interior layout with a warm, understated aesthetic that reflects Noma’s signature style.
“We have always admired Noma’s approach to its products – from the individual ingredients to the holistic experience, each element demonstrates great attention to detail,” said architect and partner of Spacon & X, Malene Hvidt.
“This is also how we approached the design of POPL and the conception of bespoke furniture in the space; with attention and care for details and with the aim of recreating the warm welcome for which Noma is so well known. “, added.
The Gamar chair and stool designed for POPL features a simple archetypal structure influenced by Shaker furniture, as well as traditional Nordic and Japanese furniture making techniques.
Spacon & X chose to produce the furniture from heart ash, which has a golden color that contrasts with the strong brown grain of the base wood.
The wood comes from the Odenwald forest near Frankfurt and is finished with a matt transparent lacquer which accentuates the grain.
“For me, the goal of this project is the use of natural materials and craftsmanship,” added Philipp Mainzer, co-founder of e15. “This is very much in line with the approach of our work at e15.”
The chair was the starting point from which the rest of the collection evolved. It combines thick and sturdy rods used for the feet with flat elements for the seat, back and bracing elements.
On the back of the chair, the cylindrical legs extend through the seat and fit neatly into semi-circular grooves that are milled into the solid backrest.
The design of the bar stool features the same elements as the chair, with elongated legs and an added footrest.
The valet features a chunky horizontal rod supported by simple legs, while the tables feature a pedestal base and Richlite surfaces – a durable composite of recycled paper and organic resin.
As part of the restaurant, the furnishings are complemented by fitted joinery in a similar minimal style, as well as exposed brick and concrete surfaces that introduce other textural elements.
e15 was established in 1995 and has grown into one of the leading manufacturers of premium furniture created by renowned architects and designers.
The company worked with British architect David Chipperfield on products including a collection of minimalist furniture made from simple planks of wood and a modular workstation made using traditional carpentry techniques.
The firm also collaborated with New York designer David Weeks to create a wooden toy that resembles the Bigfoot, and invited students from Swiss university ÉCAL to create objects based on its Backenzahn tooth-shaped stool.