In 1975, Björn Hultén was commissioned to decorate the Swedish Embassy in Cairo. For the Embassy’s terrace, he designed and set out several foldable chairs. A solution that is a great deal more elegant than it might sound at first.
The same type of chair was a favourite of the British, a hundred years earlier, who took them to Egypt, which was then part of the Empire. To decorate an embassy with a former occupying power’s furniture might seem rather ill advised diplomatically.
Björn had already visited Cairo as early as 1960 to see the National Museum’s collection of furniture from Tutankhamon’s tomb. And there it was – the chair. Albeit in ebony, decorated with ivory and gold. Björn saw a wood and fabric chair that could be folded and carried.
So the chair on the terrace was a subtle but distinct reference to an Egyptian legacy, roughly three thousand years older than the British safari chair.
We should add that Kryss is an exceedingly comfortable chair to sit in, even if you’re not a diplomat.
A chair in teak and fabric fi tted to the backrest with leather. Matching cushions are also available. The Kryss table is also in teak. Originally designed for a roof terrace on the Swedish Embassy in Cairo in 1975.
Product group: Seating Tables Garden seating Garden tables Garden chairs Side tables Chairs Side tables foldable …foldable open base …with open base with armrests …with armrests with seat upholstered …with seat upholstered with seat in stretched fabric with base in stainless steel …with base in teak wood with sled base …with sled base with x-base …with x-base open base open base with round top with round top with top in solid wood with top in teak wood with base in solid wood with base in teak wood with 4-star base with four-star base
Designer: Björn Hultén
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