Tuesday, November 30, 2004

"What we want is quite simple: to use creative people to produce a product of exceptional quality for the men and women of today and tomorrow. Our modern classics are collector's pieces. This means they are investments which keep their value for generations." Oliver Holy Managing Director ClassiCon

Hightower Group is proud to distribute ClassiCon to the architecture and design trade in North America.

Friday, November 26, 2004

DUNBAR Reissues Wormley's Knowland Classic

DUNBAR Furniture has reintroduced the Edward J Wormley classic Knowland sofa.

Originally designed by Wormley in 1955, the Knowland has become a midcentury modern classic.

After nearly fifty years, today's top interior designers and architects continue to recommend the Knowland as the furnishing of choice for their most discriminating clients.

The three seat sofa model (#5526-3) featured above measures a full 96 inches in width and is available in an extensive range of rich leathers, as well as a broad selection of upholstery fabrics from Knoll Textiles.

In addition to the three seat sofa, DUNBAR offers a wide range of models within the Knowland range.

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Hans Wegner J16 Rocker

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Hans Wegner's Classic J16 Rocking Chair

True quality furniture craftsmanship. Hans Wegner's classic J16 rocker, has the Danish refined influence combined with a distinct Shaker flavor.

Available in a black lacquer frame, as well as the traditional light Danish soaped oak.

Crafted in Denmark and distributed in North America by Hightower Group.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Swedese Tree Wins National Design Acclaim

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Swedese Tree designed by Michael Young and Katrin Peturdottir.

"The tree design was born from a love of architectural models and making these nice little 2d paper models into 3d reality" Michael Young

Crafted in Sweden and distributed by Hightower Group, the Tree sculpture is a wonderful design statement that always creates interest. Available in lacquered white finish, lacquered black or natural birch wood with a clear lacquer. The Tree measure over six feet in height (76.4") and has a heavy weighted base to provide ample stability.

About Michael Young. Among the most successful and exciting designers of his generation, Michael Young was born in 1966 and graduated in 1992 from Kingston University. He worked initially with Tom Dixon at Space Studio in London and then in 1994 launched his first collection of furniture in Paris and Tokyo. Working between Iceland and London for clients including; Swedese, Sawayay & Morino, Cappelini, Magis, Rosenthal, Christopher Farr and Ritzenhoff, amongst others. Young's work has been exhibited in the Design Museum in London, the Musee d'Arts Decoratifs and Center Pompidou in Paris, Neue Sammlung in Munich and the Portugese Museum in Lisbon.

About Katrin Petursdottir. Born in Akureyi, Iceland in 1967. Katrin is an acclaimed designer and artist, who studied industrial design at E.S.D.I. in Paris, which lead to work in Philippe Starck's studio in Paris, and then in Ross Lovegrove's studio in London. She then went on to establish M.Y. Studio Ltd in Iceland with her husband, Michael Young. Katrin is also Director of Design Studies at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik.

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Monday, November 22, 2004

MoMA New York Selects NON Rubber Chairs

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With the reopening of The Museum of Modern Art, the Danish Design Project recognized the potential to partner world class design with the world's most prestigious museum of modern and contemporary art.

As a result of outstanding cooperation between New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Royal Danish Consulate General, the newly expanded and renovated MoMA will prominently feature modern Danish design selected by MoMA and sponsored by the Danish Design Project.

Cooperation began in September 2002 with a Danish offer to sponsor furniture and accessories in all public areas of the museum. Based on the interest expressed by MoMA, the Consulate then approached a number of Danish manufacturers.

As a result, 95 percent of the furnishings in the museum's public areas, selected by museum staff, will come from Danish designers. Design icons such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner, and Poul Kjaerholm are represented, as well as the younger generation of Danish designers.

The photo above shows the MoMA exterior installation of the NON rubber chairs designed by Komplot Design of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Hightower Group is the exclusive North American wholesale distributor of the Kallemo NON Rubber chair. Available in four colors, the NON is available for immediate shipment.

Hightower Group also partners with Danish manufacturers, Fredericia Furniture and Kvist, offering designs by Borge Mogensen, Nanna Ditzel and Hans J. Wegner.

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Kallemo NON Rubber Chairs installation at MoMA New York.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

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Borge Mogensen's classic winged chair and 2213 sofa series.

As the exclusive Fredericia Furniture wholesale distributor for North American, Hightower Group offers the Mogensen series "to the trade."

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The HAPPY chair from Sweden is now available from Hightower Group.

A wonderful compliment to the popular Flower Table, HAPPY chairs are available in a variety of models including sled base, swivel chairs and mid and high back.

Graded fabric options are available from Kvadrat and Gabriel, with Hightower providing a variety of high quality Scandinavian leathers.

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Monday, November 15, 2004

The classic Rondino swivel chair designed in 1964 by Swedese founder, Yngve Ekstrom.

An international favorite, Rondino (S2601), offers a generous proportion (W 30.3 D 23.5 H 29.5 SH 17) yet maintains an elegant design statement.

Graded fabrics are available from Kvadrat and Gabriel, with an assortment of leathers and sheepskins available from Hightower.

"My furniture shall be so strong in its expression that it can both be admired as an individual piece or work together with other pieces in any environment" Yngve Ekstrom

About Yngve Ekstrom (1913 - 1988). Born in Hagafors in Smaland, Sweden, which happens to be where the country's oldest furniture industry is based. He studied drawing, sculpture, painting, music and art history. With furniture in his blood from birth, Yngve started Swedese in 1945 and lead the company up until his death. His career coincided with the best part of the postwar modern movement and his contemporaries included noted designers such as; Alvar Aalto, Bruni Mathsson, Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjaerholm. Yngve Ekstrom was part of this central core of designers that made the concept of "Scandinavian Modern" famous all over the world. Exhibitions dedicated to Ekstrom's designs have been held in Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Tokyo and Belgrade, to name a few places, and are included in the Victoria & ALbert Museum, London and the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. In 1999, Yngve Ekstrom's most well known design, Lamino, was voted the Swedish furniture design of the 20th century.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

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Can you name the masters of midcentury modern furniture design?

(If you double click on the photo you should be able to see a larger image for viewing or printing.)

Answers (seated left to right): George Nelson with the Nelson serving cart, Edward J Wormley with his award winning "A" chair. Eero Saarinen w/womb chair, Harry Bertoia w/ diamond chair, Charles Eames w/ Eames chair and Jens Risom.

Which designer won over thirty (30) GOOD DESIGN awards from the Museum of Modern Art & the Chicago Merchandise Mart, the Elsie de Wolfe award and the Designer of Distinction award?

Answer: Edward J Wormley

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Monday, November 08, 2004

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Classic Danish design.

Borge Mogensen was among the finest furniture designers of the 20th Century. A close personal friend and contemporary of Hans Wegner, Mogensen was a true perfectionist in the design and manufacturing of fine furnishings.

Hightower Group offers the famous Mogensen dining collection manufactured by Denmark's foremost craftsman - Fredericia Furniture.

(As shown above #F3237 dining chair with leather seat & back, #F3238 arm chair with leather seat and back and #F6286 dining table.)

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Sunday, November 07, 2004

Gemini lounge chair (#S5801) and settee (#S5805) designed by Ola Rune of Stockholm.

"Two distinct elements. One for support, one for comfort. United along the horizon."

Rune has provided a clever new approach to the upholstery of a bent wood chair with the combination soft padded upholstered seat and back contrasting nicely against the clear lacquered birch shell.

The dimensions of the Gemini chair are W 26 D 24.4 H 30.3 SH 17.3 with the settee running W 54.8 D 24.4 H 30.3 SH 17.3.

Graded fabrics are available from Kvadrat and Gabriel.

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Saturday, November 06, 2004

The entire Fredericia Collection and many of the most popular Hightower Group products are now available in AutoCAD file formats.

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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Hightower Group is now offering the Berliner series designed by Marten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune.

Originally designed for the Swedish Embassy in Berlin, the Berliner has received great International commercial success.

Contemporary in styling with the ability to transform via a wide range of sectional configurations, fabric options from Kvadrat and Gabriel, as well as over 40 standard color leather options. Chrome legs are standard.

As shown above, lounge chair W 29.5 D 27.5 H 25.8 SH 17.3 (#S3911) and three seat sofa W 70.8 D 27.6 H 25.8 SH 17.3 (#S3918). Also available in a settee (#S3915) and a variety of sectional segments. Matching tables compliment the offering.

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Berliner Sectional Options
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Hightower Group has added the Hockney Collection designed by Eero Koivisto.

Koivisto, a highly regarded architect based in Stockholm, has designed a wide range of shapes, sizes and configurations all with a sleek modern profile.

Straight forward Scandinavian simplicity at its finest.

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During a career extending over six decades, Nanna Ditzel continues to create wonderful new furnishings for Danish furniture manufacturer Fredericia.

The trio of Temba (#F3270), Sonar (#F3260) and Tuba (#F3280) are available from Hightower in maple, beech, cherry and a variety of color lacquer finishes.

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Cobra bar stools and tables are available in over 20 standard colors and wood finishes.

The Cobra bar stool is stackable seven (7) high. Matching guest/stacking chairs are also available.

Cobra stools are manufactured in Sweden by Kallemo and distributed exclusive to the North American commercial market by Hightower Group.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Hightower Group has added the Gran Turismo lounge and table series designed by Marten Claesson.

Sleek modern styling at a reasonable price.

Available in three sizes; lounge chair w 33 d 34.3 h 31.5 sh 15 (#S6801), settee w 54.4 d 34.3 h 31.5 sh 15 (#S6805) and three seat sofa w 76.4 d 34.3 h 31.5 sh 15 (#S6808).

Matching glass top table (#S6824).

Graded fabrics are available from Kvadrat and Gabriel with Hightower offering a wide colorway of premier leathers.

"Gran Turismo. Travel in comfort. At high speed. In style" Marten Claesson

Gran Turismo is manufactured by Swedese and distributed exclusively in North America by Hightower Group.

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Hightower Group is the exclusive North American wholesale distributor for Fredericia Furniture, based in Fredericia, Denmark the company was founded over 90 years ago and has earned an international reputation for the finest furnishings available.

Fredericia has worked very closely with many of the finest furniture designers in the world including; Borge Mogensen, Nanna Ditzel, Hans Sandgren Jakobsen, Kasper Salto, Per Borre, Niels Jorgen Haugesen, Johnny Sorensen, Rud Thygesen and Soren Holst.

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Nanna Ditzel's Icon chair and table from Fredericia are now available in North America exclusively from the Hightower Group. The Icon chair is also available in a conference seat version with a swivel base.

Chair as shown above (#F2650) and table (#F8700).

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Hightower Group has recently added the Swave bar stool line.

Fun and stylish with a distinctive back arch support and dipped front seat pad, Swave offers a nice range of colors and wood finish options.

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Borge Mogensen's classic high back winged sofa and chair.

As shown; three seat sofa (#F2193), two seat sofa (#F2192), high back wing chair (#F2204) and foot stool/ottoman (#F2202)

Manufactured by Fredericia Furniture in Denmark and distributed exclusively "to the trade" in North America by Hightower Group.

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In 1963, Borge Mogensen and Fredericia Furniture introduced the Mogensen classic sofa and received critical acclaim for the clean well tailored design.

For the past four decades, Mogensen's original design has continued to be a favorite among International design professionals and collectors.

Handcrafted in Denmark, the Mogensen series is finely detailed for the client who demands the very best in quality (#F2213)

Hightower Group serves as the exclusive North American distributor.

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New Hightower CD Available

A new complimentary Hightower Group CD is available for professional architects and interior designers.

The CD provides product information, specification options, pricing, product image files and individual digital product brochures in PDF format.

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The Cortina conference/swivel chair (#R180) offers many unique features; leather wrapped arms, an exposed wood back, auto return function, and detachable cushions for easy maintenance.

Cortina can be specified with a walnut, maple or black lacquered wood back.

The leather arm wrap is standard in black or rust.

Graded fabric options are available from Kvadrat and Gabriel, with a wide selection of leather color options available from Hightower.

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Cortina conference chair wood back detail.

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The Swave line of stacking chairs has recently been added to the Hightower Collection.

Beautifully contoured and available in a variety of wood and colored gloss lacquer finishes.

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Hightower Group has introduced the new Yaletown line of bentwood chairs.

Designed by Bjorn Dahlstrom, Yaletown offers a wide variety of guest chairs, stackers, and bar stools. Chrome plated steel frames are standard on the Yaletown line.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

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Stingray, the modern rocking chair for the 21st Century.

Available in two color options; white or black.

Hightower Group has the Stingray chair in stock and available for immediate shipment (#M5000).

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Brasilia, beautiful molded bentwood tables designed by Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune of CKR Architects in Stockholm Sweden. Available in your choice of birch or walnut wood.

Hightower Group offers the Brasilla in two standard size variations.

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Walnut Brasilia table (#S5424W) W 47.2 D 47.2 H 11

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Everybody has played with matchsticks at some point in their childhood and been fascinated by all that one can do with identical sticks. This was certainly the case for the Danish furniture designer Per Borre, but for him the fascination with the identical elements has only grown with age. A good example of this is Astral, the masterpiece he designed in 1979. The bench, which has taken the world by storm and won a stack of prizes, was inspired by the identical shape of matchsticks and the idea of reusing the same elements.

Astral is semi-circular in shape and in all its simplicity it is constructed from just two different elements: 107 identical vertical elements and 106 identical horizontal elements, which constitute the seat. However, the most amazing feature of this beautiful bench is that it neither has feet nor does it need to be fastened to the ground. It bears itself thanks to the semi-circle formed by the unique construction.

Astral is crafted in Denmark by Fredericia Furniture and distributed exclusively in North America by Hightower Group.

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Pingo is a versatile bentwood stacking chair designed by Hans Sandgren Jakobsen.

Available with beech, maple or cherry shells and the option of an upholstered seat and back.

Pingo can be specified with arms or armless, additional accessories include a matching tablet arm for educational settings.

Graded textile options are available from Kvadrat and Gabriel.

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Pingo chair back detail (#F1940)

Dimensions of the armless Pingo stack chair are W 16.75 D22.25 H 34 SH 17.5 and the arm chair version runs W 23 D 22.25 H 34 SH 17.5

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Designed by Marten Claesson, the Fold series reflects a fresh new approach to upholstery detailing.

Fold is available in North America from Hightower Group.

"The Fold system is like origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, more complex than it appears. Positioned in rows, continous zigzagging lines are created" Marten Claesson

The Fold lounge chair (#S6901) measures W 27.5 D 29.2 H 29.5 SH 16.9, the matching foot stool/ottoman (#S6910) is W 22.5 D 22.45 H 17.7

Graded fabrics are available from Kvadrat and Gabriel, with Hightower offering a wide selection of leather options.

About Marten Claesson. Marten Claesson is a partner in CKR a highly regarded architectural practice based in Stockholm, Sweden. Having met his future partners, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune, while studying together at the University College of Design in Stockholm, Marten continued on with his studies at the Parsons School of Design in New York, The Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, University of Art & Design in Helsinki and the Southwark College in London.

Claesson, Koivisco and Rune formed a classic Scandinavian multi-displinary architectural office together in 1995. This trio of talented designers have gone on to complete successful engagements with noteworthy clients such as; Sony Music, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Scandinavian Airlines and the Berlin Embassy residence for the Swedish Ambassador.

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Originally designed in 1932, the Roquebrune chair offers a glimpse of the genius that was Eileen Gray.

Forward thinking in materials, geometry and constructon techniques the Roquebrune is true modern classic. Hightower offers the chair in a choice of chrome or black powdercoat frames.

Leather colors include black, grey, white or cognac (#C1100 Black Powdercoat #C1100C Chrome)

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For her design of the Twister stool, Yuriko Takahashi received the premier furniture design award in Sweden - the coveted 2003 Forsnas Prize.

The Twister stool was awarded the Forsnas Prize for its independent design language, which the Jury found both functional, sensual and humane.

In group formation Twister completes the room, and creates playful rows of warmth that tempts any passerby to take a seat and enjoy the day.

About Yuriko Takahashi. Yuriko Takahashi is a young and talented Japanese designer living and working in Copenhagen. She graduated as an industrial designer for Chiba University in Japan in 1991. After working for some years as a professional industrial designer at Matsushita, she moved to Denmark continuing her studies at the furniture department of the Danish Design School and graduated in 1999.

Twister is crafted by Swedese and distributed "to the trade" in North America exclusively by Hightower Group.

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Twister stools can be connected to form benchs and high impact public seating platforms. The dimensions of an individual Twister stool are W 16.15 D 16.15 SH 17.7

"The waved surface is not just a visual effect but adds unlimited possibilities for varied combinations and uses. A special character with a twist." Yuriko Takahashi

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Return of a Borge Mogensen classic!

To celebrated what would have been his 90th birthday, a limited collection of numbered pieces of a Mogensen classic were offered recently. Selling out immediately to International collectors, Fredericia Furniture is now considering reintroducing the design as a standard offering in their 2006 collection.

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Havanna bench that consists of three (3) ganged ottomans. The dimensions of each ottoman are W 26 D 26 H 16.2 (#S8020)

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Havanna standard ganging connection

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The Havanna lounge & table collection is now available from the Hightower Group.

Simple clean forms allow a wide range of configurations. Designed by Koncept AB of Stockholm, the Havanna Collection offers Scandinavian simplicity at an economical price point.

Graded textile options are available from Kvadrat and Gabriel.

(Ottoman #S8020 armless lounge chair #8002, armed corner unit #S8003 and corner table #8024).

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Christina Strand's Rex swivel chair has been extremely well received in North America. Originally designed by Copenhagen based Strand for a 2003 Danish design competition, sponsored by the Crown Prince of Denmark (Rex was the winning design!)

Rex has found a very warm reception from leading International architects, interior designers and chair aficionados.

Strand's clever bent wood design delivers striking visual interest from both the front and back. The unique structural design of the seat and back shell has an adherent flexing motion which enhances comfort for the user.

Rex is available fully upholstered or in a beautiful stained wood (walnut or birch) version with an upholstered seat. Graded fabrics are available from Kvadrat and Gabriel with a wide range of leather choices from Hightower Group.

The custom designed base has a matt chrome finish with a full auto return function. The dimensions of the Rex chair are W 28 D 25.2 H 32.3 SH 16.6 (Model #R100).

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The Borge Mogensen classic winged high back chair is available in a wide range of wood species and leather options from Hightower Group.

Originally designed in the 1950's, Mogensen created a furniture icon that has been coveted by International collectors. (#F2204).

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Monday, November 01, 2004

New sleek modern barstools from the Power series designed by Nord and Morsing, available to the North American contract market exclusively through Hightower Group (Model #DD4108 in fabric and #DD4110 in leather upholstery).

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New Power swivel lounge chair and foot stool designed by Beban Nord and Ann Morsing of Stockholm, Sweden (Lounge chair #DD4108 and foot stool #DD4111)

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In addition to beinging included within the permanant collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the NON Rubber Chair has been widely used in the new grand reopening of MOMA.

Hightower Group is the exclusive North American wholesale importer of the NON Series of chairs and tables. The NON Chair is in stock and available for immediate shipment in black, grey, red and forest green.

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Details of the new Rex stack chair designed by Christina Strand, an industrial designer based in Copenhagen.

Manufactured in Denmark by Fredericia, the new Rex stack chair is distributed in North America exclusively by Hightower Group.

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Recently introduced at 100% Design in London, the new Rex stack chair is now available from Hightower Group.

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The Spanish Chair, a true Danish masterpiece designed by Borge Mogensen in the 1950's.

Manufactured exclusively in Denmark by Fredericia Furniture, authorized licensed production is available in the United States and Canada exclusively through Hightower Group.

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Borge Mogensen is considered among the greatest of the generation of furniture designers who in the 1950s and 1960s made Danish design world famous. This year he would have been 90 years old and at Furniture Fairs around the world his birthday will be marked with a funky jazz exhibition under the heading "Miles, Monk, Mingus and Mogensen."

In addition to his passion for furniture design, Mogensen enjoyed the free flow jazz spirit that filled the streets of Copenhagen. Borge Mogensen's design talents are widely appreciated by different cultures and generations just like good jazz music.

Hightower Group is proud to be the exclusive North American importer and distributor of Borge Mogensen classics from Fredericia Furniture.

Please visit the Fredericia website at www.fredericia.com to learn more.

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