Red Alert: Cutter Turns 20

Cutter bench is found in museums all over the world – in Denmark you can find the Cutter bench at the Trapholt museum of art and design in Kolding and at the Utzon Center in Aalborg.

Cutter bench turns 20 this autumn, and what an accomplishment! On the occasion of its 20th birthday, we now launch Cutter in a bright and bold scarlet red that enhances the graphic character of the bench. The red version is only available in a limited edition of 20 – 20 years, 20 red Cutter benches.

Cutter Bench, Scarlet red
Buy the limited edition at our Skagerak Store, at selected retailers or here on skagerak.dk

The red version is only available in a limited edition of 20 – 20 years, 20 red Cutter benches.

Niels Hvass designed the Cutter bench for an experimental furniture exhibition in 1999 titled ‘Walk the Plank’

Cutter is simple, versatile and practical and cuts a striking figure with its slatted body. The bench was the first piece in the collection that today consists of 10 functional designs that you can mix in various constellations. The collection owes its success to its ability to fulfill its functional purpose while blending into most settings without compromising its signature expression.

‘Cutter was originally intended as an outdoor bench in 1989, so I am thrilled to see it return to the original concept in 2020,’ Niels Hvass.
The bench was the first piece in the collection that today consists of 10 functional designs that you can mix in various constellations.

Cutter was designed as an experiment for the 1999 exhibition ‘Walk the Plank’, inspired by the German Bauhaus School and Nordic functionalism, and was originally made as an outdoor bench. It soon moved inside and stayed there, but for the new outdoor season 2020, Cutter will relaunch in an outdoor version in teak, as originally intended.

Skagerak and Niels Hvass have a long-lasting collaboration, most recently resulting a red limited edition and a new outdoor version of the Cutter bench.

Q&A Niels Hvass:

Niels Hvass graduated from the Danish School of Design in 1987, and for the past many years he has worked in a partnership with his wife, designer Christina Strand, in addition to teaching at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, playing an active part in the annual Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition series and exhibiting extensively, both in Denmark and abroad.

What is fundamental idea of your design?
‘The idea behind the Cutter bench is the coherent progression of the frame and the stringent repetition of the slats, which create an iconic whole and make Cutter a striking and eye-catching addition to any room.’

How did the other elements of the collection come to life?
‘The bench was originally designed as an outdoor version – for the terrace, garden or small patios. However, the bench was so versatile that it moved indoors rather quickly and found its role in domestic interiors and public spaces. That’s when the need for additional elements arose. At the time I lived in a small flat myself and was looking for a flexible wardrobe solution for coats, gloves and scarves, so it made perfect sense to expand the Cutter bench to create an entire collection that is easy to assemble and easy use almost anywhere in the home.’

Cutter Wardrobe, Cutter Bench & Cutter Box, high
Cutter Seat

"It made perfect sense to create an entire collection that is easy to assemble and easy to use almost anywhere in the home."

Why do you think it has remained so popular?
‘I think Cutter’s popularity stems from the unity of simplicity, beauty and functionality. When it moved indoors, art and design museums all over the world included Cutter in their exhibition spaces, probably due to its calm expression and clear form. The construction is a closed frame, which gives the bench its strong signature look. It doesn’t interfere with the surroundings but stands on its own two feet, so to speak.’

How do you feel about the red anniversary colour?
‘I really like the red. It’s super cool. Today, Cutter is considered a classic, and after 20 years, it is a great way to revive and prepare it for a new decade. I can easily imagine Cutter with a new beautiful colour palette that matches the modern home.’

To get your hands on this piece of Skagerak design history, buy the limited edition at our Skagerak Store, at selected retailers or here on skagerak.dk