Peter Karpf
Architect
Date of birth 29 September 1940,
Copenhagen, Denmark.

Education
1957 Fritz Hansens Eft. — Cabinetmaker training
1961 School of Arts and Crafts, Copenhagen — Design training
Cooperation with, amongst others, Grete Jalk, Arne Jacobsen, Piet Hein & Jörn Utzon

Exhibitions
1964 Copenhagen Cabinetmaker’s guild, debut — Rocket chair
1967 Charlottenborg, debut — Silver space
1967 Experimental exhibition, Copenhagen — Canvas chair
1970 Gothenburgh exhibition — Spectaculume lamp series

Awards
1964 1st prize in a Danish competition — pine lamp
1965 1st prize in Italian competition — Cassina chair
1967 The National Endowment for the Arts, prize — Plastic building material
1968 Japanese prize — Yamagiwa globe lamp
1993 Forsnäs award - NXT
2000 IF Ecology Design Award — ECO
2000 IF Design Award — ECO
2001 IF Design Award — OTO
2001 Red Dot, Best Selection — NXT
2002 Bruno Mathsson prize

Represented
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum für Angewante Kunst, München, Köln, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal, Design Museum, London, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam, Focke-Museum, Bremen.

VOXIA: clarity, coherence and simplicity.

Designed by Peter Karpf, this line of moulded beech plywood chairs is the
result of more than 30 years of exploration of the optimum simplicity in a
chair, unifying space with the article of furniture. VOXIA is furniture that
is present without being irksome. The beech is sourced from a sustainably
managed forest close to the production plant. Because of the planned veneer
pattern, the cut-away wood waste is minimal. The back, seat and legs are
produced and combined in one continuous process. Thin, three dimensional,
curved surfaces replace the traditionally large consumption of materials and
energy in production.

The nxt was the first chair in the line. It is stackable and has a very
pure, restrained but graphical form (red dot award : Best selection office
design). The eco is a single piece of beech plywood folded three times at
near right angles, with slits cut to form thin back legs. It has a
comfortable, slightly springy feel and is impressively easy to stack. (iF
Ecology Design Award 2000, best of category). The oto lounge chair is at
once a sculpture and a comfortable, resilient lounge seat. With its smaller
appearance, the stackable vuw stool is positioned on the edge of Voxia's
flock as its watchdog. It comes when called.