Trinidad 25th anniversary
- an icon in shape




When designing the Trinidad Chair in 1993, Nanna Ditzel found inspiration in the elaborate fretwork from the Gingerbread Facades that she had seen in the colonial architecture while traveling through Trinidad. Much like the facades, the cut-out fretwork of the chair triggers an interplay of light and shadows, creating a pattern projected into space and a subtle sense of motion.


With the Trinidad Chair, instead of eliminating any ornamentation, which was part of the Modernist mantra, Ditzel did the opposite. She kept the ornamentation as the focal point in a distinctive chair that challenged the prevailing design dogma at the time.


Given its graphic fretwork and almost transparent presence, the Trinidad Chair was an immediate success when it was first introduced and was a key driver during the renewal of Danish design in the 90’s. It also introduced a new chapter in our own history, where a contemporary design became a defining attribute of Fredericia's design DNA.


While the Trinidad Chair represents a Post-Modernism milestone in the history of plywood chairs, it has a captivating appeal that continues to resonate with contemporary design enthusiasts around the world.

In collaboration with ELLE Decoration, Fredericia visited the British interior blogger Cate St. Hill in her London home, which is imbued with her minimalist interior style featuring the Danish design icon Trinidad; a chair designed by Nanna Ditzel.

"The Trinidad chair, for me, is a dynamic design that has fluidity and movement especially in the shape of the back. Nanna Ditzel was inspired by the houses on the island of Trinidad. The same architectural references go back to the classic townhouses in London, "says Cate St. Hill.


Read the full story HERE (Danish)