Originally designed for his own home as a lounge chair he could also use for meditation, the MR01 Initial Chair by woodworker Mathias Steen Rasmussen unites traditional craftsmanship with original ideas in a simple form that is at once familiar and yet strikingly modern.
Much like the Danish masters, Rasmussen thinks with his hands – drawing sketches and building prototypes. The idea for this chair began with its seat, which extends into the back leg, providing support for the backrest. Its low-slung, gentle incline is designed to give the sitter a sense of floating, while still feeling connected to the ground, promoting a contemplative sense of calm – and was originally designed for his own home as a lounge chair he could also use for meditation.
Mathias Steen Rasmussen (born 1990) is a young Danish designer with a flair for woodwork and craftsmanship. The Danish designer has a background in art and cabinetmaking, completing with an apprenticeship in 2019.
His philosophy is "honest in construction", which he uses to approach his designs. Concentrating on construction elements and playing with natural materials such as wood and visible joints. Mathias creates contemporary forms using traditional methods. With cabinetmaking expertise,