The Austere trestles by Form & Refine were born out of necessity: when architect Kristian Vedel was named professor in industrial design at the University of Nairobi, he noticed that the classrooms lacked ergonomic furniture for studying. Therefore, he designed foldable trestles that would make it easy to move the furniture around and store it away when not in use. Finished with corner bridle joints and metal fittings, the clean-lined design of the Austere trestles not only exemplifies Vedel’s extraordinary talent in design but also remind us of the woodworking skills required to craft such high-quality pieces.

The trestles come in a set of two.

Form & Refine

Austere trestles, 2 pcs, black-stained oak



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64 cm
24,5 cm
70,5 cm
Solid black-stained lacquered European oak, black coated stainless steel
2,8 kg
Care instructions
Clean the surface with a mild soapy water solution. Wipe the surface dry.

Kristian Vedel

Kristian Vedel (1923–2003) was a Danish designer, who also worked as a teacher and lecturer. In the 1950's, Vedel was part of the Scandinavian design movement together with fellow nordic designers and manufacturers. Vedel was inspired by a Danish architect Kaare Klint and the Bauhaus school in Germany which emphasized the importance of functionalism and handicrafts. Creative use of materials and ergonomic and functional requirements can also be found in Vedel's work. Kristian Vedel received numerous awards, among others the silver and gold medals from La Triennale di Milano.

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