Jórun Høgnesen ’s work is influenced by her home country, the Faroe Islands, known for its tradition of knitting. There, where the ratio between people and sheep is one to two, Faroese wool means both identity and waste material. There’s too much wool to be consumed by the locals, the latter often burning it to avoid the effort and cost of turning it into the traditional jumpers. Some designers are now looking into new ways of using Faroese wool often keeping it within the fashion industry. Jorun’s project pastes the language of clothing directly into the universe of furniture. The aesthetics of the covers clearly repeat that of the jumper (buttons, patterns) moving the chairs away from design pieces and bringing them closer to manifestos, inventing new scenarios and functions to channel the wool. Dressed on the simple and honest Thonet bentwood chairs, the cover lends them an entirely new – welcoming and comfortable – shape.
Ironically, these two chairs disclose the Faroese vulnerability by showing a path to its solution – declaring comfort as a functional and customisable seating requirement.
Photographer Ed Kulakowski
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