The Plico Chair by Fabricius & Kastholm – Carl Hansen & Søn

Danish design duo Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm spent their careers crafting simple designs that married aesthetics with function. Their Plico Chair proved to be a precursor to an international career in furniture design, highlighting the value of good, honest design.

Simple in form yet filled with delightful details, the Plico chair is a rare example of great design that neither compromises on comfort nor aesthetics. Imagined by the Danish designer duo Fabricius Kastholm, masters at creating honest design that beautifully highlights what others often seek to hide, the foldable lounge chair takes up as little space as possible when not in use, while offering supreme sitting comfort by virtue of its soft upholstery and adjustable backrest.

Taking its name from the Latin word ‘to fold,’ the versatile  design appears simple at first glance. Closer examination reveals an extremely detailed design: the solid oak frame is shaped for stability. Saddle leather armrests attached to the curved rear legs results in a characteristic expression. Visible brass fittings add a sense of character, and the stitched linen canvas back, seat rest and cushions give the chair an added degree of comfort. Available in low and high back versions, the latter has a leather-trimmed neck cushion for extra support.

When designing the Plico Chair, Danish design duo Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm sought to create a chair that takes up as little space as possible when not in use while not compromising on comfort. Looking to highlight what other designers often seek to hide, they created a deceptively simple design with visible joints, beautiful brass fittings and accomplished craftsmanship.

Available in a high and low back version, the solid oak frame and curved rear legs are shaped for stability. The back and seat, fitted with corresponding cushions, are upholstered in stitched linen canvas to provide an elegant expression and supreme sitting comfort. The adjustable backrest folds completely and saddle leather armrests complete the design, giving it a distinctive expression full of character.

Designer Fabricius & Kastholm

Together, they designed furniture in wood, and later also in steel and leather, taking advantage of Jørgen Kastholm’s experience and background as a smith. They drew their inspiration from luminaries of Danish design such as Hans J. Wegner and Arne Jacobsen, but also international names such as Charles and Ray Eames and Mies van der Rohe. During the design process, drawings were passed back and forth across the table between Fabricius and Kastholm until it was no longer possible to say who had drawn what, but the result was a joint effort. The design duo specialised in furniture design and single-family houses, and their designs were characterised by minimalism, sophistication, functionality, quality and their eye for detail.

 

More news from Carl Hansen & Søn:

Introducing the VLA26 Vega Chair in Chrome by Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects – Carl Hansen & Søn

The Sound of Design In partnership with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, Carl Hansen & Søn launched …

Get ready for summer with The New Embrace Outdoor Series design by EOOS – Carl Hansen & Søn

CARL HANSEN & SON IS LAUNCHING THE EMBRACE OUTDOOR SERIES DESIGNED BY EOOS, WHERE PERFECTION …

In collaboration with the Icelandic designer Gudmundur Ludvik, Carl Hansen & Søn presents the Timbur Outdoor Bench

In collaboration with the Icelandic designer Gudmundur Ludvik, Carl Hansen & Søn presents the Timbur …

Beak Chair design by Ole Wanscher with upholstery in New Zealand lambskin – Carl Hansen & Søn

WITH ITS EXPRESSIVE SILHOUETTE AND DISTINCTIVE ARMRESTS, OLE WANSCHER’S OW124 BEAK CHAIR FROM 1951 IS …

The Shell Chair’s 60th anniversary with an exclusive edition design Hans J. Wegner – Carl Hansen & Søn

HANS J. WEGNER’S CH07 SHELL CHAIR TURNS 60 CARL HANSEN & SON MARKS THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY …

Carl Hansen & Son expands Hans J Wegner collection with Rocking Chair

CARL HANSEN & SON, WHICH HAS BEEN MANUFACTURING HANS J. WEGNER FURNITURE FOR MORE THAN …

Now, the iconic chair PK1 is available in steel and woven paper cord and scaled up by 6% by Poul Kjærholm – Carl Hansen & Søn

The internationally revered architect Poul Kjærholm is one of the biggest names in Danish furniture …

Monarch Chair is named after the majestic Monarch butterfly design by Vilhelm Lauritzen 1944 – Carl Hansen & Søn

VILHELM LAURITZEN ARCHITECTS AND CARL HANSEN & SON CONTINUE THEIR COLLABORATION WITH THE LAUNCH OF …

Tsugi Shelf which combines Japanese simplicity and Danish carpentry traditions in an understated solid oak and teak design – Carl Hansen & Søn

The shelf’s Japanese name, Tsugi, refers to the method of craftsmanship whereby the shelf and …

AH Outdoor Series – the essence of simplification by Alfred Homann – Carl Hansen & Søn

Simplicity, clarity and logic were the guiding design principles for Alfred Homann during the development …