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Modernized Stickback Seating

The Colibri Chair by Markus Johansson is Inspired by Nordic Design

— January 31, 2014 — Art & Design
The Colibri Chair may be inspired by the traditional Nordic stickback seating, but that fact wouldn't be gleaned at first glance. The overall modern design with its sleek lines and cushioned seat appears quite different from its inspiration. Yet instead of paying tribute to the specific aesthetic of the stickback seat, the Colibri Chair instead endeavors to embody its easy-going and classical appeal.

Designed by Gothenburg-based Markus Johansson for Swedish manufacturer HansK, the Colibri Chair is available in a variety of versions. As divulged by the designer, "Choose from four different bases, four different seats in textile or bonded leather, four different backs, or opt for four different ones with armrests." It is also available in white lacquered birch or dyed black elm as well as oiled natural or blonde oak.
Trend Themes
1. Modernized Stickback Seating - The modern design of the Colibri Chair offers an opportunity for disruptive innovation in the furniture industry by reimagining traditional Nordic stickback seating.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture Manufacturing - The Colibri Chair presents a potential disruptive innovation opportunity for furniture manufacturers by combining sleek modern design with the classical appeal of stickback seating.
2. Interior Design - The Colibri Chair's updated take on stickback seating provides an opportunity for disruptive innovation in the interior design industry by offering a fresh, contemporary option for seating.
3. Woodworking - The Colibri Chair's design variations and options for different wood types present a disruptive innovation opportunity for woodworking industry professionals to create customizable and unique seating products.
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