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Airport chair receives award at furniture fair in Germany

Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner’s famous airport chair designed for Copenhagen Airport in 1958 has won an “Interior Innovation Award Cologne 2004”. The award was granted at the recent IMM Cologne international furniture fair held in the German city of Cologne.
 
The airport chair, now called the ”Kastrup Chair”, was one out of four to receive an award in the category ”Classic Innovation”. The chair was selected by a jury consisting of a number of design experts, among them the famous UK designer James Irvine.
 
Among the persons attending the grand presentation of awards was Leif Johansen of “Carl Hansen & Søn”, which has started up production of the airport chair again. Mr. Johansen is very pleased that the airport chair won the award.
 
“Hans J. Wegner was ahead of his time when he designed the Kastrup Chair. Nobody can see that the chair was designed all the way back in 1958. The jury was especially impressed with the fine workmanship and the interplay of leather and stainless steel”, comments Leif Johansen on the motivation for granting one of the four awards in the category ”Classic Innovation” to the Danish chair.
On the IMM Cologne website, koelnmesse.de, Wegner’s Airport Chair is described as a chair that meets the three most fundamental demands to a chair: 1. it has to be comfortable, 2. the chair should have a good shape, and 3. it must be of good workmanship.
 
The finest of the four awards in the category ”Classic Innovation” was given to the German ”CONSETA Furniture Systeme”.



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