Overgaard & Dyrman 20.02.16

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The Danish duo’s Wire furniture collection skilfully harnesses metalwork to saddlery, writes Allan Torp

A passion for great craftsmanship, a respect for design heritage and an urge to push boundaries first led Jasper Overgaard and Christian Dyrman to establish Overgaard & Dyrman in Copenhagen back in 2013, having first met while studying industrial design at Aalborg University.
Their first collection – the result of six years of work – was the award-winning Wire range. Based on saddlery and metalwork, the series includes a dining chair, lounge chair, lounge sofa, bar stool and coffee table. The synergy and contrast between the two materials is mirrored by a careful balance between functionality and ergonomics.

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The woven leather chair designed in collaboration with fashion artist Dagmar Kestner

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The Wire range is a careful balance of metal and leather

Overgaard & Dyrman’s designs are characterised by a high degree of complexity, as well as an honesty and rigour in the use of natural materials. Communication and trust between designer and manufacturer are vital to achieve the necessary finesse and, after disappointing experiences with factories in China and India, the pair decided to set up workshops to produce their furniture. Dyrman takes care of metalwork in North Jutland while Overgaard is in charge of leather in Roskilde – this distance creates challenges, but also brings the benefits of two separate networks of personal and professional relationships.

In 2015, the pair received support from the EU-funded Worth Project, which led to a stunning collaboration with fashion artist Dagmar Kestner, known for her incredible weaving technique. The flamboyant result draws on the inspiration of the Wire range, and will be showcased at the Stockholm Design Week in February.

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Allan Torp

 

Above: The Wire lounge chair, lounge sofa and coffee table 

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