Sika Design invites you to sit back, relax and take life slow, in the comfort and beauty of handcrafted rattan furniture. Its intricately made pieces have elegance and timelessness while also remaining modern and fresh.
Named for the light and elegant sika deer, Sika is a Danish furniture manufacturer that produces handmade rattan furniture with an enduring emphasis on comfort, quality, design and sustainability. Ankjær Andreasen founded in the company in Horsens, Denmark, in 1940 – a place and a time feeling the pressures of World War II. With growing unemployment and a shortage of raw materials, Andreasen began producing wicker baskets using reeds gathered from the marshes and straw from the fields after harvest. He expanded Sika into furniture in the 1950s and 1960s and worked with the best wicker makers in Denmark to perfect the art of rattan furniture.
While rattan furniture experienced a golden age in the 1960s and 1970s, it is enjoying a renaissance in recent years, valued for its natural materials, handcrafted production and sophisticated design. Sika uses rattan grown in Indonesian forests. Rattan is one of the fast-growing materials, regenerating within five to seven years. It filters the airs, converts CO2 to oxygen and resistant against heat, cold, moisture and temperature fluctuations.
Sika Icons collection
Sika launched the Icons collection of rattan chairs and tables in 2012, reviving and revitalising the experimental furniture designed by some of the masters of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Danish design.
Wengler Chair by Robert Wengler is the earliest piece in the collection, designed in 1902. Wengler was a pioneer of wicker furniture and challenged the material in ways that laid the foundations of rattan furniture today. With elegantly curved armrest, his dining chair is as classic today as it was contemporary a century ago, evidence of the enduring look and feel of rattan.
Wengler’s reputation and legacy continued long after his death with many Danish architects and designers, such as Arne Jacobsen, attending the workshop he established and his sons continued. Jacobsen designed the Charlottenborg chair and table in 1936 with curving and laidback forms that recall art deco furniture. The Charlottenberg chair has a deep cushioned seat and a sweeping rattan frame with angled arms that balance the form in front. It also now available in a two-seater sofa.
Viggo Boesen’s award-winning Fox Lounge Chair designed in 1936 epitomises Boesen’s philosophy that furniture has an organic flow, embraces the body smoothly and tenderly and is a delight to the eye. Fox Lounge Chair is inspired by a design competition held by the Danish wicker-maker guild in 1936 and combines modernist style with the strength and durability of rattan.
Belladonna, designed by Franco Albini and Franca Helg in 1951, is an elegant and artful sofa. Belladonna – meaning ‘beautiful woman’ in Italian – has feminine curves and an arcing lip around the top of the sofa.
Furniture designer Nanna Ditzel made her mark in the male-dominated industry in the 1950s and 1960s creating a number of chairs, including Hanging Egg Chair, relaunched in Sika’s Icons collection
Hanging Egg Chair is a true Danish icon designed by Nanna Ditzel and Jørgen Ditzel in 1959. Made with sustainable, durable rattan, this distinctive chair is both a conversation piece and a delightful place to unwind.
The round rattan Ottoman is the perfect match for all pieces in the Icons collection. A place to put your feet up and truly relax.
Sika Originals collection
The Originals collection is inspired by Sika’s design sketches and pictures from the 1950s and 1960s as well as other successful pieces of the era. The furniture embodies charm, nostalgia and history and remains natural and environmentally friendly.
The Piano and Davinci armchairs have a classic, sturdy and beautiful design with an upright backrest and arms. The Rossini and Margret armchairs, in contrast, have softer, more curving forms with rounded backrest and arms. The Melody dining chair combines the upright and rounded form with a fully braided backrest that arcs elegantly at the top.
Above (left to right): Piano dining chair, Rossini dining chair and Melody dining chair
The Michelangelo deckchair is designed to hug and support the curves of the body, as if hovering above the ground. The memorable and distinctive design invites you to relax, and is available with a seat, back and neck cushion for added comfort.
Above (left to right): Celia headboard and Natalia headboard
Sika Loom Living collection
The Loom Living collection is made with loom – a woven material that consists of twisted Kraft paper reinforced with steel wire. Loom emerged in the 1930s as the ultimate in upscale, durable style and is enjoying a resurgence as consumers move away from synthetic imitations. Loom is smooth to the touch and remarkably strong and durable. Sika’s Loom Living collection features loom-weave fabric wrapped around rattan frames.
Charlot includes a two- and three-seater sofa and a chair, and the loom-weave fabric gives Charlot the sense of having a more solid form, while still being airy, effortless and light.
The Ofelia chair is crafted with a rattan frame and loom seat and back, contrasting and complementing light grey and natural rattan.
DOMO is committed to helping people live beautifully and the return of rattan has not only seen the revival of a sustainable and sculptural material, but also the comeback of some of the most beautifully designed furniture of the twentieth century. Sika’s collection of indoor furniture is on display at DOMO’s seven showrooms across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, and viewable online at www.domo.com.au.