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In 1975, Björn Hultén was commissioned to decorate the Swedish Embassy in Cairo. For the Embassy’s terrace, he designed and set out several foldable chairs. A solution that is a great deal more elegant than it might sound at first.
The same type of chair was a favourite of the British, a hundred years earlier, who took them to Egypt, which was then part of the Empire. To decorate an embassy with a former occupying power’s furniture might seem rather ill advised diplomatically.
Björn had already visited Cairo as early as 1960 to see the National Museum’s collection of furniture from Tutankhamon’s tomb. And there it was – the chair. Albeit in ebony, decorated with ivory and gold. Björn saw a wood and fabric chair that could be folded and carried.
So the chair on the terrace was a subtle but distinct reference to an Egyptian legacy, roughly three thousand years older than the British safari chair.
We should add that Kryss is an exceedingly comfortable chair to sit in, even if you’re not a diplomat.
|Features||OUR SELECTION OF MATERIALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT All our oak, teak, ash, linen, leather and glass is selected from a long-term perspective of sustainability. Our teak comes from carefully selected approved plantations with the highest available quality. The oak comes from wood suppliers who take great responsibility for the environment in all stages of production. Our linen comes from wellknown Romo and our outdoor fabrics are from Sunbrella and Ferrari, both leading companies in the development of weather-resistant fabrics.|
|Care Notes||Wood is a material that needs to be looked after well. By caring for your
furniture properly, you can increase its lifespan and keep it beautiful.
One simple way to do this is by wiping it with a damp cloth, so that
pollen, bird droppings and other types of dirt do not gain a foothold.
Our oiled oak furniture is finished with quality oil. Maintenance needs are determined by how much the furniture is exposed to the sun, water and general use. However, a rule of thumb is that you should oil your furniture twice a year. Over time, small cracks will form in the wood; this is entirely normal and gives what is known as patina. If you prefer, you can choose not to oil your furniture. It will then develop a lovely grey hue, but will be less resistant to the elements. PAINTED WOOD Painted surfaces can usually go three to four seasons outdoors without a great deal of maintenance. However, if paint gets chipped or becomes worn, you need to repair it immediately. TEAK We recommend that you allow your teak furniture to age naturally and that you simply clean it thoroughly once or twice a year. If you want to retain the golden-brown colour of new teak you will commit to a regular maintenance program. If the furniture is left to age naturally outside by being exposed to light, air and rain, then the surface of the teak will gradually change to beautiful soft, silver-grey.