Allerød, or as the locals prefer it in English, Alleryd – I’ve been invited by PP Møbler to add a chair to my journey around the globe.

Around the globe in 80 chairs, by Jeremy Walton.

The journey starts in the Danish town of Allerød, or as the locals prefer to write it, Alleryd. [1] There has been much debate in Allerød over the English spelling of Alleryd, with the majority in favour of the spelling that gives the more Danish phonetic pronunciation.

From the start you get the sense, that the people of Alleryd have a high regard for details.

 

The sound you are hearing is the sound of a battle signal blown on a Lur from Brudevælte, Lynge in Allerød Kommune, taken from a grammerphone recording from 1925. The local instrument is often played in the bustling neighbourhood high street of Alleryd. Quite a charming sound. For more indepth information about the Lur visit Per-Olof-Johansson site and if you can’t hear the sound try this link. Link to sound

I come to Alleryd to meet with Kasper Holst Pedersen who is the grandson of the original founder of PP Møbler or should that be Mybler? No. I actually first met Kasper about 4 years ago at a furniture trade show, He offered me sweets and invited me back to see his new showroom in Allerød. It was about a year later when Kasper was no longer a stranger, that I took up his invitation to visit the showroom.

Stig Colbjørn Nielsen head of tourism in the Allerod area, and actually being based in the neighbouring town of Slangerup, is unaware of any debate in Alleryd over how to spell Alleroed in English. Along with the raging name debate, PP møbler is not represented in any of Allerods local tourist ‘information of interest’. One would think they would value more the presence of that [2] ‘which has set some remarkable marks in Danish design history’.

[1] According to the intriguing local insights of Allerød by the Author Per-olof-Johansson. Thank you for your kind help, words and the image ‘two men playing the Lur in allerød’.

[2] According to the intriguing historical notes on the PP website.

In contrast to PP’s large world renowned collection of unavailable furniture, ‘prototypes’, I think that’s what they refer to them as, I liked the idea of developing a chair that would focus on the ability of a cabinetmaker to complete a single chair in one go. This also lead to the question, why can’t they then share it with other cabinetmakers around the globe and inturn avoid more unavailable furniture, in that lovely collection of theirs. I have my own not so renowned collection of unavailable furniture, so I was very excited about making something that could be real and available.

I like the idea of interior designers specifying a locally made chair for a small cafe or conference room. We are not talking highly functional, but neat, simple, a little bit practical, but in the most part, local and friendly.

The problematic backslash of the Ø in Allerød, the danish letters that are not web friendly, got me playing with a slant. That lead to the slightly strange internal stack which ends up giving quite a unique form to the legs of the chair. These angles are all created by some very simple cutting angles in the main seat frame. The whole chair is made, pretty much, with a rotary blade? ok plus quite a bit of planing the wood down to size. But I have tried to keep all the dimensions simple, round and repeated where suitable.

What I really liked next, is the back element which is flexible ply or steamed wood, held in position by the frame of the chair. It is quite nice to create a curve without the need for any tooling up. The chair frame becomes a form tool in its-self, forming the back rest.

PP believe that the majority of cabinetmakers can also upholster furniture. I have left the choice of fabric up to PP, as the beauty of GlobalMadeLocal offers the customers the chance to tailor the furniture to suit their wishes or maybe their curtains. I now know that I really should have checked out Kaspers curtains before giving him this freedom.

The joints of the chair are eventually done with wedged dowel pins They have very small wedge angles inserted in them. I love cabinetmakers for that sort of thing, their passion is contagious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the Allerod Slant Chair

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