Navigating through material challenges and crafting iconic pieces

To celebrate these particularly beautiful and memorable 50 years, the MCF decided to release 2 designs from the collection in a special " 50th anniversary edition".Two iconic models were chosen: the Paperknife sofa by the Danish designer Kai Kristiansen and the DC10 chair  by the Japanese-Danish designer duo Kyoko Inoda & Nils Sveje. The following materials were considered: rosewood , wenge , goat leather, soft nubuck give these editions a special touch. However, the export of certain types of wood appeared to be restricted, making the choice difficult. Fortunately, Masahiro Miyazaki discovered a batch of wenge wood that had arrived in Japan 20-30 years ago. It was decided to use this unique lot for these special editions. As many pieces would be produced as the wood supply stretched.For the Paperknife sofa the production process went well and the wenge wood proved to be very suitable for this model. However, when the prototype for DC10 was also finished we noticed that the hardness of the wenge was not ideal to use for the sculpted surfaces of DC10. Also, the wenge wood made the very light DC10 chair a lot heavier in weight than the walnut version. Therefore, it was decided to offer the DC10 50th anniversary edition with a structure in walnut ebony. This model and walnut are a particularly successful match of form and material.

Unifying Materials, Personalizing Pieces, and Honoring Legacy

For the upholstery of the two models, a soft nubuck leather was initially considered for the cushions of the Paperknife sofa and goat leather for the seat of the DC10. However, the hides of the goat leather turned out to be too small to process properly and the prototype of the DC10 with this leather also taught us that goat leather was particularly sensitive to stains. It was finally decided to uniformly choose the same nubuck leather in almond or ecru colour for both paperknife sofa and DC10 in this 50th anniversary edition. Each piece from this edition received a specially designed nameplate at the bottom that included the serial number. Each piece also came with a certificate of authenticity as proof that this was a product from the limited editions manufactured in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the MCF. Finally, a catalogue released especially for this edition brought the customer even closer to the MCF where the story of the factory, the people behind it as mr. Masahiro Miyazaki and the 3 designers were approached in different interviews. Since the launching of these 2 special editions many customers became the proud owner. We’re grateful to all of them for making this celebration successful as a way of appreciation. Thank you for that. NoteBoth special editions are no longer available