Fritz Hansen has commissioned 7 architects which includes Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel and Snøhetta to reimagine the Series seven chair by Danish Modernist Arne Jacobsen, to celebrate the iconic product’s 60th anniversary.
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Big, Carlos Ott and Carlos Ponce de León, Jean Nouvel Style, Jun Igarashi, Neri & Hu, Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid Design all answered the get in touch with from Danish furnishings brand Fritz Hansen to develop versions of Jacobsen’s authentic 1955 plywood chair.
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The venture, named seven Cool Architects, debuted at Clerkenwell Design Week earlier this year and will be presented at Fritz Hansen’s showroom during London Style Festival 2015 in September.
Formed from two continuous steel rods, the sculptural base of Zaha Hadid’s vibrant green design “sweeps down to the ground and reaches up to embrace the undulating form of the iconic plywood seat,” according to the studio.
Zaha Hadid’s Series 7 chair
The shapes were influenced by the natural and fluid varieties that typify her buildings, this kind of as the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku and the Dongdaemun Layout Plaza in Seoul.
Zaha Hadid’s Series seven chair
Bjarke Ingels’ firm Massive has repeated the curved type of the seat as a vertical stack – from its original height appropriate down to floor degree. The seat layers slowly flatten out in the direction of the bottom, and are linked by 4 springs in the place of legs.
Zaha Hadid’s Series 7 chair
Oslo practice Snøhetta removed the chair’s chromed-steel legs and placed the Series 7 seat among plants and bark that type a tiny garden.
Snøhetta’s Series seven chair
“Because we set the chair totally free, we felt that the chair could be used for a huge amount of our projects,” they stated. “We attempt to maintain a great link to the outside all through all our perform and that is why an outdoor chair is best for our tasks.”
Snøhetta’s Series 7 chair
The Yin and Yang chair by Jean Nouvel Style comprises two linked chairs – side by side but dealing with in opposite instructions – decorated with the ancient black and white Chinese symbols of duality.
Jean Nouvel’s Series 7 chair
“I see no variation between when I layout a chair and when I envision a constructing,” mentioned French architect Jean Nouvel, who just lately unveiled new pictures of his skyscraper in New York.
Jean Nouvel’s Series seven chair
“For each challenge posed, I seek the ‘elementary’ object whose completed form corresponds to an thought,” he added. “It really is usually a fitting and distinctive response that bears witness, culturally and technically, to our times and to our civilisation.”
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Chinese studio Neri & Hu’s concept is equivalent in that two chairs encounter in opposite directions. In this situation they are connected by 1 S-shaped arm, which wraps around them the two and supports a modest table among the two.
Neri & Hu’s Series seven chair
It was influenced by the studio’s Waterhouse project – a 19-room boutique hotel constructed into a 1930s Japanese Army headquarters in Shanghai – and developed for communal spaces.
“The idea of a replica, a double, a variation, a re-edition, hinges on the duality amongst the original and the re-style,” explained the designers. “Our consider on this task is to embrace this actual concept of duality and produce an actual ‘double’. The double as a single set is an emphasis on the communal factor of sitting.”
Carlos Ott and Carlos Ponce de León’s Series 7 chair
Uruguayan architects Carlos Ott and Carlos Ponce de León created a version of the Series seven for a restaurant in Celebra, the flagship creating of technological campus Zonamerica that they developed in Montevideo.
The pair – who regularly collaborate on architectural projects – took their design and style cues from a 250-square-metre vertical garden by Spanish landscape designer Ignacio Solano Cabello.
This is reflected in the camouflage-impact upholstery in a number of shades of green. “The upholstery climbs and settles peacefully on the shell of the chair,” mentioned the designers. “The curved lines which compose the basis of the distinct locations in the garden are mimicked and adapted to the anatomy of the chair.”
Jun Igarashi’s Series 7 chair
Lastly, Japanese architecture studio Jun Igarashi’s iteration of the Series seven replaces the authentic laminated moulded sliced veneer with oriented strand board (OSB) – a variety of chipboard manufactured of compressed wooden flakes. The legs and edges of the chair are picked out in the colour most prominent in the timber flakes, which have been formed, in this case, from reclaimed scrap wood sourced from earthquake disasters.
This undertaking is not the initial time the Series 7 chair has been given a new seem. In 2009, Fritz Hansen collaborated with designers Maarten Baas, Arik Levy, Fabio Novembre, Jaime Hayon, Sebastian Bergne, Nendo and Autoban to release the chair in 7 new colours – and Japanese designer Hironori Tsukue has even extra a set of rockers.