Inspirations

Built from Scrap: 25 Designers Put Dinesen Flooring Offcuts to Use as Furniture for the Copenhagen Contemporary Café

Of all the scrap materials in the world, the Douglas Fir leftovers from Danish flooring company Dinesen—see World’s Most Beautiful Wood Floors—likely rank among the choicest. Julius Værnes Iversen of the design studio Tableau would certain agree. The creative director was working with the Copenhagen Contemporary on floral installations when he heard the art center was planning a café and offered his team’s services. Knowing the organization was on a budget and having heard Dinesen was looking to put its offcuts to good use, the cafeteria project was born.

Tableau teamed up with Australian designer Ari Prasetya, and commissioned 25 creatives—from near and far and both established and up and coming—to create 50 chairs, tables, and benches for the space, which was dubbed the Connie-Connie (a play on the museum’s CC acronym). All of the pieces are available for sale via the Tableau webshop. Join us for a look at what can be made from leftovers.

Photography courtesy of Copenhagen Contemporary.

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Above: The art center, founded in 2016, is set in the Refshaleøen neighborhood in a former industrial building used for for welding in Copenhagen’s outer harbor. The project collaborators each contributed several pieces, including this Tableau table in the same green that the creative group applied to the walls, floor, ceiling, and bar. The carved Fairy Tale Hero chair is by Norwegian-Danish duo Pettersen & Hein. Photograph by Michael Rygaard.
“the green was inspired by a trip to jels, denmark, where dinesen h 10
Above: “The green was inspired by a trip to Jels, Denmark, where Dinesen has its production—it’s the color that they transport the wood in all around the world,” explains Tableau. All was cloaked in a single color offset by bands of white “to make the different chairs stand out on their own and make [the space] less hectic.” Photograph by Michael Rygaard.
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Above: Copenhagen Contemporary is one of Denmark’s largest exhibition venues. Most of the furniture is one of a kind and for sale as is, but some of the piece were made in editions. The tattooed Grid + Wine Stool is by Rotterdam-based designer Laurids Gallée. Photograph by Michael Rygaard.

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Above: Ari Prasetya’s designs include the long “bar desk” that runs along the window and Stine’s Desire, the tall red throne. All of the furnishings are made of Dinesen’s Douglas fir. The Cut-On Chair 01 on the far right, by Davide Ronco and Pablo Dorigo, incorporates bark and knots in its design. Photograph by Marco van Ritj.
the one armed genno chair, center, is another ari prasetya piece. photograph by 13
Above: The one-armed Genno chair, center, is another Ari Prasetya piece. Photograph by Michael Rygaard.
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Above: Tableau’s light green Stacked Table is paired with Ari Prasetya’s black Armmi armchair, and a yellow stool, the Iratio by Hysteria. Architect Paul Cournet’s LC2 Chair on the far right, made with a second-hand tubular steel frame, offers a new spin on the Le Corbusier classic. Photograph by Marco van Ritj.
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Above: In Copenhagen, visit the museum and its café. For an overview of all the Connie-Connie pieces, go to the Tableau Webshop. Photograph by Marco van Ritj.

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