The Elephant Chair, designed by Kristian Sofus Hansen and Tommy Hyldahl, is a modern interpretation of Scandinavian minimalism combined with Japanese aesthetics.
The design is inspired by Danish upholstered chairs of the 1950’s, while drawing visible characteristics from the already iconic Mammoth Chair. The result is a light and elegant lounge chair where the Elephant ear shaped back gently curves around the body providing superior comfort.
The Elephant chair is hand-crafted with a solid oak wood frame. The chair comes in three frame variations; Natural, Dark Stained and Black, and can be upholstered with leather and wool.
The seat and back are made from the highest quality compression molded oak veneer shells. The two shells are pressed in the same press mold, and surround the body in a light soft curve. The legs are designed as one single profile without any visible joints. This enriches the experience of the material strength and exchange between the light and heavy dimensions; “elegant and simple but sturdy without being clumsy”.
Kristian Sofus Hansen
Born 1991 in Nyborg, Denmark. Graduated of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture Kristian creates unique pieces through simple, functional and considered design. He has been studying architecture and design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan. His designs aim to merge traditional design methods and new production techniques into high-quality pieces of furniture and product design.
Tommy Hyldahl, Senior Founder of NORR11
After years of experience in the fashion industry, Tommy decided to pursue his passion for furniture and interior design and founded NORR11. Tommy has been responsible for the creative DNA of NORR11 since 2010, and has worked with a number of furniture designers. His interest in materials and product manufacturing is clearly seen throughout the whole collection. Since 2015 Tommy began a design collaboration with Kristian Sofus Hansen. From Tommy's many travels around Asia and Kristians studies in Japan, they strive to combine their passion for Japanese simplicity, ethnic details and Scandinavian tradition in timeless pieces of furniture.