b. 1973, Danish furniture designer
Jonas Klein is a self-taught furniture designer. He has previously participated in Crafts Collection 13 and has exhibited in several venues around the world, including DMY in Berlin in 2009 and 2010 and Blickfang in Vienna, also in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 he took part in TENT during the London Design Week. To Jonas Klein, simplicity and function are the main features in most of his design work. His work involves a mix of hand-drawings, computer drawings, models and prototypes. Jonas Klein finds inspiration in a variety of sources, for example a shape, a silhouette or a component part of an object. For example, a joint connecting two pieces of wood may provide the inspiration for something new that has nothing to do with that particular joint. His design is characterised by simplicity in idiom and colour.
The Granny stool is a tribute to our grandparents’ furniture. Furniture from a different age when the emphasis was on craftsmanship and detailing. Both the seat and legs are hand-milled on a lathe. Each leg is unique, and the shape of the leg emerges in the process at the lathe, with granny’s furniture in mind. Jonas Klein had the idea for Granny when he set out to design a stool with legs from old table and chair legs. All the legs had to be unique, and it should be apparent that they were recycled and that they had originated in a different age. As it proved hard to find enough legs, Jonas Klein began to make them himself.
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