I fell in love with this Kristian Vedel chair and table set when I first laid eyes on it. However, I did not realize what a remarkable find I had discovered until I conducted some research. Perhaps Vedel’s most iconic work, the award-winning “Modus” chair and side table set was designed by Kristian Vedel and manufactured by Soren Willadsen in 1960.
The chairs were in need of new leather cushions and the ottoman/side table required a new rosewood veneer, but I was inspired after seeing photos of the set in their mint glory. Luckily, I had a leftover black cowhide from a previous design project, which worked perfectly for the new cushions.
I paid a visit to dear friend and talented woodworker Delaney Kelly at Creative Woodworking. Delaney was happy to make a new book-matched veneer for the side table. He recommended we check out Gilmer Wood for the closest match to the original Brazilian Rosewood.
Myles Gilmer, the knowledgeable owner of Gilmer Wood, was kind enough to give us a tour of the warehouse. He took time to answer our questions about some of the hundreds of exotic species stocked there. He explained that the Brazilian Rosewood originally used for the chairs is now a protected species, but he found a close match in a Rosewood board from Madagascar.