GÄRDESGÅRD LOUNGE CHAIR
Shown in blackened steel, reclaimed oak and black leather, 30x24x30H, 2014 by Uhuru in NYC
UHURU’s Gärdesgård Lounge Chair is inspired by the distinct Scandinavian fence style of the same name. The fence, with its angled cross members creating a triangle between the ground the uprights, has an unmistakeable guise of movement – appearing to flow over the hills and fields whose borders it defines. In the steel frame of the chair UHURU references this form and attempts to capture its dynamics; a piece animated and non-static; motion reflected in form just as in the Gärdesgård fence. The steel sides of the chair are finished with wood reclaimed from Kentucky horse fencing while a leather seat holds the center.
“The Gärdesgård is thus constructed: Two Störar – that is, stakes of ten to fifteen feet in length, and of the thickness of a man’s wrist, are, with the assistance of a crow-bar, inserted upright in the ground, opposite to each other, and at about four to five inches apart. These double stakes are continued, at intervals of from three to four feet, the whole length of the intended enclosure. The open space is then filled up with Gardsel – long bars, or strips of wood, usually young pines split in two or more pieces which are laid longitudinally one on the other between the several pairs of Störar, until they reach to about the height of four feet. And whilst the fence is being thus constructed, and to keep everything in its proper place, the Störar at about every foot are bound fast together with Hankar, which word, as said, implies bands of any kind; but in its common acceptation Hank means a sapling, or small branch of the spruce-pine, or other pliable tree, previously passed through the flames to render it still more flexible.”
– Scandinavian Adventures, Llewelyn Lloyd
Uhuru believes that each piece conceived, designed, and produced should add to a greater good in the world. This is evident in their creative reuse and repurpose in the creation of fine furniture and interior spaces. Though Uhuru continues to grow, their focus remains on the design and fabrication of exceptional quality furniture and spaces.