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Anderssen & Voll Elevate the Stacking Chair for &Tradition

03.12.24 | By
Anderssen & Voll Elevate the Stacking Chair for &Tradition

While the everyday stacking chair wouldn’t win any awards for aesthetics, the Allwood chair designed by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll – of their eponymous studio Anderssen & Voll – for &Tradition could definitely take home the gold. Crafted entirely from wood, hence the name, this contemporary furnishing breaks down preconceived notions of what a stacking chair should look like. Often plastic, rigid, and with an emphasis on function over form, the duo offers a new, subversive design expression for a style of chair that is ubiquitous yet often disregarded.

two stacking chairs around a round dining table

Wood is truly sustainable. Imagine a material created by nature from soil, water, air, and sunlight? Quite magical! Wood has a great touch and brings warmth to any interior. As Scandinavians, it is hard for us to envision a home with no wood.

– Torbjørn Anderssen

stacking chairs against a cement wall

stacking chairs around a dining table

Using advanced production techniques like lamination and CNC milling, the Allwood chair is a combination of laminated wood, plywood, and solid wood to keep the chair from weighing too much – one basic requirement for a stackable chair. The plywood seat and backrest are subtly contoured to provide comfort in lieu of any upholstery. The frame of the chair connects with the backrest from the rear, giving the seat its distinctive identity along with the side rails that connect its front and back legs.

stacking chairs around a round dining table

stacking chair against a wood panel wall

wooden stacking chair

Photo: Lasse Fløde

details of wooden stacking chair

Photo: Lasse Fløde

details of wooden stacking chair

Photo: Lasse Fløde

three wooden stacking chairs stacked on top of each other

Photo: Lasse Fløde

stacking chair trolley

stacking chair trolley with three stacking chairs on it

stacking chair trolley with stacking chairs on it

stacking chair trolley with stacking chairs on it

three wooden stacking chairs stacked on top of each other

three wooden stacking chairs stacked on top of each other

wooden stacking chair

details of wooden stacking chair

details of wooden stacking chair

details of wooden stacking chair

details of wooden stacking chair

wooden stacking chair

two men standing next to a wooden chair

Espen Voll and Torbjørn Anderssen \\\ Photo: Lasse Fløde

To learn more about the Allwood chair, visit andtradition.com.

As the Senior Contributing Editor, Vy Yang is obsessed with discovering ways to live well + with intention through design. She's probably sharing what she finds over on Instagram stories. You can also find her at vytranyang.com.