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ROBERT W.

( 1825-1902)  


“ROYAL WICKER MAKER”

Robert W.
Who was born in Germany, perfected the fine craftmanship of making wicker furniture in materials like rush and willow, materials which you could find and grow in Europe.

Louis, the son of Robert W., found the exotic material rattan at the Leipziger fair in Germany. Robert W. was appointed as wicker maker to the Crown in 1914 as King Christian X placed a large order for rattan furnishing.

Robert W. was now known as the best wicker maker in Denmark and many, now famous, architects came to his workshop to receive know-how and understanding about weaving and wicker work.

Among those were Danish architects Arne Jacobsen, Viggo Boesen, Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel and Kay Bojesen. They had many of their prototypes made in Roberts workshop in Copenhagen.

Today Robert W. stands as one of the pioneers in rattan production. What he did to the craftmanship and the way he challenged the material, paves the way for the way me know rattan furniture today.

Sika-Design carry on this proud tradition as the worlds leading manufacturer of premium handcrafted rattan furniture.

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ROBERT CHAIR
BY ROBERT W.
Designed in 1901 | Material: Tohiti rattan
Item no: WG-12
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ROBERT W. BIOGRAPHY

Birth

1825 Born in Germany.



Travels

1851  Robert W. leaves his home and travels to Denmark to start his own business.

Workshop

1854  Robert W. buys his first place in Copehagen - Amagertorv 7

The Danish wicker-maker guild

1861  Robert W. helps founding the Danish Wicker Maker guild



The end of the adventure

1902 Robert W. dies.

 


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THE ICONS COLLECTION

With our ICONS Collection we revitalize iconic pieces of furniture from some of Europe´s most skilled and important architects and designers. Arne Jacobsen, Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, Viggo Boesen and Franco Albini were all pioneers of their time – they broke new ground when they made experimental shapes with the sturdy materials of rattan and wicker and created sculptural and timeless icons. With great respect and admiration for the original designs and in close collaboration with the descendants of these renowned furniture makers, we are pleased and proud to be able to bring these icons back.


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