24 July 2015, Singapore – In a collaboration with seven cool architects,
Unlike most of Arne Jacobsen’s chair designs,
'Sixty years ago, Arne Jacobsen designed the Series 7™ chair. This year Jean Nouvel, BIG, Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta and Neri & Hu are among the seven architects who have accepted the invitation to interpret the chair. The results once again prove the contemporary strengths of genuine timeless design and shows that this chair is still relevant today,’ says Jacob Holm, CEO, Fritz Hansen.
Zaha Hadid’s special edition formalizes the Series 7™chair as a dynamic and seamless expression of structure and support. Formed from two continuous steel rods, the sculptural base sweeps down to the ground and reaches up to embrace the undulating shape of the iconic plywood seat.
‘The Seven chair has a timeless and distinctive silhouette, which has proven versatile in the number of ways its base can be modified. ZHD wanted to address this relationship by designing a base which cradles the shell in a way where the base and the shell are elegantly interrelated and integrated,’ says Zaha Hadid, CEO, Zaha Hadid Design.
BIG’s contribution to the exhibition is inspired by the material properties of the chair: the essence of the layered veneer and the functionality of stacking. The final result is a subtle repetition of the iconic idiom, says Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.
Created by Carlos Ott & Carlos Ponce de León
Created by Jean Nouvel Design
Created by Neri & Hu
Created by Zaha Hadid Design
Created by Jun Igarashi
Created by Snøhetta
Created by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)