In the Swedish archipelago, Mette Bentzen and Lasse Kristensen find a unique sense of calm. The rounded rocks have been there since the dawn of time, and the landscape is marked by both open sea, fjord-like areas and smaller salt water lakes. The rocks are worn by the weather and the sea during the many centuries that have passed. All shapes are round and peaceful, colours are muted. Grounded is an attempt to bring the same sense of calm and wonder and beauty into a cultural space; an office, a hallway, a living room. The striking shape of the sofa is inspired by the shapes of the landscape: the rocks on which the sofa rest, are originally transported from Norway to Denmark by natural forces beyond our imagination during the last ice age, and the natural leather offers both beauty and comfort to the piece. The wood is Danish ash which is also beautiful, subtle and un-dramatic by nature. Depending on the angle and lightning – and the eye of the beholder – the sofa is also able to take on the shape of a gigantic sea animal; perhaps even one from the dawn of time?
A sofa, a daybed, a sculpture or a sea creature? Grounded is a now piece from the hands of Mette Bentzen and Lasse Kristensen – and their first contender in the TV show Denmark’s Next Classic (Danish Broadcasting Corporation).