david ericsson develops hedwig armchair for gärsnäs in homage to his wife
all images courtesy of lennart durehed




swedish designer david ericsson’s latest creation, a simple armchair named ‘hedwig’, is an intimate homage to his wife sara. to serve her inclination towards tea and reading, ericsson wanted to make a seat that was comfortable for extended periods of time, and able to accommodate a steaming cup of tea. the name comes from his wife’s childhood, when she wanted nothing more than to be called ‘hedwig’.

david ericsson hedwig armchair gärsnäs designboom
‘hedwig’ chair by david ericsson




the design itself is catered to wooden construction, with emphasis on craftsmanship and hand-skill. stretched leather is paired with a beech frame, which ericsson developed as a historical reference to swedish furniture designer axel einar hjorth. the chair is topped off with sculptural, rounded armrests just right for a cup of tea. ‘hedwig’, designed by david ericsson, is produced by gärsnäs, and launched at stockholm furniture fair 2016.  

leather stitching close-up 

david ericsson hedwig armchair gärsnäs designboom
armrest detail with turned wooden tea holder

linen with icelandic sheep wool throw 

vegetable tanned leather and beech wood 

david ericsson hedwig armchair gärsnäs designboom
joint detail  

‘hedwig’ with leather seat pad 

david ericsson hedwig armchair gärsnäs designboom
leather and linen backings



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edited by: nick brink | designboom