Introducing the Portrait Chair
Refined Precision with a Seductive Elegance
The Portrait Chair was the winning entry in a design competition sponsored by the National Museum of Norway. The brief called for a welcoming, multifunctional chair for use in the museum’s public spaces. The jury, led by British designer Jasper Morrison, lauded Portrait as “a beautiful chair that adds a seductive softness and elegance to the room where it will be used.”
Well Framed for the Human Body
Designed by Andreas Engesvik, the forms and lines of the Portrait Chair relate to the forms and lines of the seated human body, which makes the geometry of the chair naturally generous and comfortable.
"I wanted this to be a generous and comfortable chair, but I also thing it's important, when you work in a familiar typology, to differentiate the design."
— Designer Andreas Engesvik
In addition to the simple accents and natural materials that are common to contemporary Scandinavian design, Portrait’s sinuous lines and universal forms bring forth the freer, more poetic aesthetic of its designer's native Norway.
A New Twist on a Familiar Form
The Portrait Chair builds on a familiar typology—a carved wood seat and backrest held by a welded frame of tubular steel—yet feels fresh, thanks to precise execution and refined details.
1. Materials Range. Seat and back are available in veneer or can be upholstered in a variety of materials.
2. Arm Options. Available with or without arms
3. Stackable. The Portrait Chair can be stacked up to five high
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