words Claire Beard
Furniture designer Monica Förster draws on the her country’s most prized natural resource, the voluptuous landscape of Sweden, for Vika, a chair commissioned by American manufacturer Bernhardt Design.
The Vika design journey began digitally. Förster modeled her design on the computer, forming the three parts that make up the body of the chair on CAD. However, technology only served as bookends to the creative process, with the precise shape and curves being defined by hand-sculpting the wooden forms to achieve the graceful loop that runs along the line of the chair.
"The fluency of the dramatic fold in the center of the chair was the most critical element, and this was very difficult to refine in computer modeling or with wood forms," says Förster. "To achieve the perfect line, I hand-shaped a single copper wire."
The broad chair on a swivel steel base is intended for the contract furniture market, but Förster is experimenting with making it more homely as well. "I’m working on developing a wooden base for it at the moment," says Förster.