A chair made with a minimal use of materials and tools. The seat and back of the chair are bent by hand and glued onto the frame.
Ash is a personal, nerdy experiment where Thomas Bentzen attempts to minimise the use of materials and tools. The seat and back of the chair are made in the lightest and thinnest veneer possible, and instead of moulding the chair, Thomas Bentzen has bent the seat and back by hand and glued them onto the frame. The solid ash wood frame is assembled with dowels.
Thomas Bentzen’s work is wide-ranging, spanning from porcelain to furniture and larger objects. He aims to design objects that engage the beholder and spark curiosity. His designs are often functional and simple, and Thomas Bentzen is interested in materials and their limits, in form and function and in the long-term durability of design. He uses a variety of materials based on the requirements of the task at hand, which also determine the working process. Thomas Bentzen characterises his design as simple.
Thomas Bentzen founded his own design studio in 2010 after working for designer Louise Campbell for a number of years. He took part in Crafts Collection 11 and 12 and in MINDCRAFT11 in Milan. He is a co-founder of the design collective REMOVE and has exhibited at Danish and international furniture fairs.
Thomas Bentzen is a member of the board for the Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition and has also taken part in the exhibition several times, and he occasionally teaches at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. Thomas Bentzen’s designs have been put into production by HAY, Muuto, Normann Copenhagen and Royal Copenhagen, and he has received several grants from the Danish Arts Foundation as well as a grant from Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation in 2007.
Thomas Bentzen, b. 1969, industrial designer. Graduated from the Danish Design School in 2003 (now The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design).