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Paul Smith Furniture Collaboration to Bow at Milan's Salone del Mobile

The capsule collection marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Danish designer Hans J. Wegner.

MAKE A WISHBONE: Paul Smith is marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Danish designer Hans J. Wegner — the man who created the Wishbone Chair in 1949 — with a limited-edition furniture collaboration that will make its debut at Milan’s Salone del Mobile next month. Smith chose his favorite Wegner pieces, and had them upholstered in his “Big Stripe” and “Stripes” worsted wool fabrics. Smith’s home textiles are made by Maharam, while the Wegner furniture is manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son.

The capsule collection also includes a Wegner Shell Chair, Wing Chair and two sofas, all of which are covered in Smith’s design: an irregular lineup of fat, skinny and medium-size stripes. Smith said that working with Carl Hansen & Son was a no-brainer. “It was like my collaboration with Leica [cameras]. You know immediately that you want to work with them, and that the collaboration makes sense,” Smith said. He referred to Wegner’s designs as “magical,” and to the Shell Chair as a “designer’s designer chair — just ask Tom Dixon and John Pawson,” Smith said.

The capsule collection will be on display from April 8 to 13 at Paul Smith’s Milan store on Via Manzoni and at Carl Hansen & Son’s Milan showroom and booth at the city’s annual furniture fair.

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