How can we make your life at home more comfortable with knowledge of how people lived in the past? One way is to look at traditional handicraft and historic everyday objects. Like designer duo Tina Christensen and Kai Legaard when they created BONDHOLMEN outdoor furniture.
Frilandsmuseet is an open-air museum in the northern outskirts of Copenhagen. Here Tina and Kai take regularly strolls to see how the average Scandinavian lived before there were Internet and mobile phones.
“The museum is a treasure. There are houses and furniture from times when everything was created from a need and had a purpose. It’s very inspiring,” says Tina.
In the old days, people had the same need as we do today; to work, relax and come together. BONDHOLMEN has generous proportions that make it comfortable to do that for a long time.
“We wanted to make it easy to spend time in BONDHOLMEN. Eat, play games, reply to emails, have a cold drink or just talk. Whatever you want to do when you’re in your outdoor space.”
Tina mentions that past generations had a particularly good eye for function; every detail was there for a reason.
“People were also very careful with the materials they had and didn’t use more than they needed. Back then, it was called common sense. Today it is a way of being sustainable.”
In the BONDHOLMEN series the legs are angled for steadiness, the seats have a small edge in the back to keep cushions in place and the furniture are easy to put away when the outdoor season ends. Every piece of furniture is made of sustainably sourced and high-quality eucalyptus wood. It’s details that make the modern outdoor life a little easier and more sustainable. For Tina and Kai it’s also a tribute to old handicraft and common sense.