RYBO SIESTA, Norway
Minimalism, elegance and quality are the key concepts behind the designs of Ingmar Relling. Relling studied Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Oslo’s SKHS before eventually setting up his own business in 1950. Initially, Relling developed the Interior Design side of the business but by 1960 furniture design was his sole focus.
Relling’s award winning Siesta Collection consists of four models: Nobel, Classic, Fiora and Icon. Designed in the 1960′s (apart from the Nobel, launched in 2010), these are possibly the most comfortable chairs you will ever sit in. The laminated, form-pressed beech frame and strung canvas back enhance the chair’s clean lines, and are complimented by leather cushioning (fabric option available). Relling’s Siesta chairs opened up international markets to Norwegian furniture exports. The light, resilient and elegant chairs reflect the ethos of the Scandinavian design movement of which they were a forerunner.
Today, Relling’s designs are recognised for their classic simplicity—free from unnecessary detail. Considered a design icon and featured in museums and galleries around the world, the series represented new thinking for both construction and form. It was crucial to Relling that the designs should be eco-friendly; with optimised use of materials, wood from sustainable forests, maximum durability and reusability. All are original in terms of construction and have a compact form of expression with a sculptural quality.