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Paustian to relaunch design icon from 1944

In 1944, architect Philip Arctander designed a chair which has since become a design classic under the name Muslingestolen / Clam Chair or Arctander Chair. Working in collaboration with Philip Arctander’s granddaughter and the founders of Paustian, Paustian is now putting the iconic chair into production. With its light expression, soft, padded form and rounded legs, the Arctander Chair has become a point of reference in the field of furniture design. It was produced in limited numbers in the late 1940s.

Based on Philip Arctander’s principles of accessibility and durability, Paustian is now putting the chair back into production. This will be done in close collaboration with Philip Arctander’s granddaughter Sofie Arctander Paustian, her husband, architect Morten Paustian, who has produced working drawings based on the chair’s original design, and his parents Monika and Ole Paustian, founders of the furniture and design house, Paustian.

“My grandfather was preoccupied with the idea of changing society, and his approach to this as an architect was to create better housing, interior décor and design. During the war, he designed furniture that would be in keeping with the new needs for simple, functional and shapely design,” says Sofie Arctander Paustian. The Arctander Chair is being produced as part of the Paustian Furniture Collection in a range of colours and materials, which are curated by Monika Paustian and Sofie Arctander Paustian in collaboration with the furniture house, Paustian. The collection consists of numbered editions in sheepskin, editions in classic wool fabrics by Kvadrat and editions in Raf Simons’ new collection for Kvadrat.

“It has been an exciting process, selecting colours and materials for the collection, which contains both classic elements and lively colours – just as Paustian always has done,” says Monika Paustian.

“The Arctander Chair expands the Paustian Furniture Collection and takes it in an exciting new direction. It has been inspirational, recreating the chair together with Philip Arctander’s granddaughter and the Paustian family. The close ties between the founders of Paustian and the company today have been further strengthened by the collaboration, and their pioneering spirit and sense of design are a major source of inspiration for us today,” says Janne Moltke-Leth, director of Paustian A/S.

Paustian will be launching Arctander Chair at the northmodern design and lifestyle fair at Bella Center 18–20 August 2016, stand B2-024. There will be a press preview on the stand on Thursday 18 August from 14.00 – 16.00, offering the opportunity to meet the Paustian family, Sofie Arctander Paustian and the rest of the team behind the chair.

See press material, press photos, etc. here.

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Philip Arctander and the Muslingestolen
The Arctander Chair or Muslingestolen / The Clam Chair was designed by Philip Arctander (1916–1994), who trained as an architect at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. Head of department and valuation expert Peter Kjelgaard from Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers has followed Philip Arctander’s chair over the past 10 years and looked into the chair’s history. Speaking about the chair, he explains: “It first started to make sporadic appearances at auctions in around 2007. It fetched higher and higher prices each time a new one came, but its origin remained something of mystery. I began researching its history and discovered that it was probably designed in around 1942–43, and had probably been presented at the opening of the Ny Form furniture store in Copenhagen in 1944. It was here that the link to Philip Arctander became apparent.

It was also sold through the company Nordisk Stål & Møbelcentral in the 1940s, and later also manufactured under licence in Norway. With its slightly naive, timeless design and sitting comfort, the chair has become an international design classic, achieving star status on the international auction market. The original vintage versions that have turned up in recent years have sold at international auctions for prices in excess of DKK 100,000.”

Arctander Chair – prices
The Arctander Chair is available with and without armrests in matt lacquered oak, with legs in matt lacquered oak. 
Sheepskin – from €4.950,-
Kvadrat/Raf Simons Vidar and Sonar fabric – from €2.964,-
Kvadrat Hallingdal fabric – from €2.220,-

The chair has been tested by the Danish Technological Institute and meets the requirements of EN 1022:2005 and EN 16139:2013