25 Chairs By 25 Designers at a New Copenhagen Café

Who doesn’t love a chair? Often the first thing designers make when they decide to scale up their practice, it’s also one of the easiest and most fun things to buy for your home in order to add a certain je ne sais quoi. It can stand on its own without even necessarily needing to function: under a clock, next a credenza, even hung on a wall. And while the mismatched-suite-of-chairs-around-a-dining-table trend has been going strong for several years now, this might be the first time we’ve seen it applied well in a commercial context: In Copenhagen, the prolific studio Tableau, in collaboration with Australian designer Ari Prasetya, recently completed the spatial design for a new cafeteria at the Copenhagen Contemporary museum, called Connie-Connie. For the project, Tableau asked 25 different artists, architects, and designers to create a chair or bench — made from offcut wood provided by the Danish company Dinesen — to encircle square green café tables designed by Julius Værnes Iversen and Katrine Morel of Tableau.

Some of our favorites include an LC2 replica made from Douglas fir by Paul Cournet; a blocky, Lego-like chair by Pettersen & Hein; an I-beam–inspired bench by Kim Lenschow; and the cutely named How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck by Thomas Gayet, which uses inset aluminum rings to add dimension to the wooden structure. Each chair is also available for sale on site or by emailing the studio.