FRITZ HANSEN – 7 ARCHITECTS X SERIES 7™
7 Architects x Series 7™: Interpretations of Fritz Hansen Series 7™ by Singapore Architects Unveiled
“7 top local architects showcase their one-of-a-kind versions of iconic chair Finished chairs show off diversity and calibre of talent in local design scene“
04 June 2015, Singapore – It had been months in the making, but the seven creative interpretations of Arne Jacobsen’s 1955 Fritz Hansen masterpiece were finally revealed to the media on 28 May 2015. As part of the 2015 jubilee celebrations of the iconic Series 7™, seven prominent local architects had each been given the chair in March, and the rare chance to harness their talents and do whatever they wished in transforming it, with the proviso that the chair’s form not be changed.
All seven architects delivered their interpretations at the media event hosted by W. Atelier to raves and praise. The simple, sensuous lines and fluid elegance of the Series 7™ is familiar to many – it is after all by far the most sold chair in the history of Fritz Hansen and perhaps also in furniture history – but few have seen it translated in such inventive, even quixotic ways.
Colin Seah from Ministry of Design, showed his appreciation for the chair’s adaptive qualities over the years with “Kamæleon”, featuring an eighth layer over the original seven timber veneers which wrapped the chair in a mirrored chrome film. Robert Greg Shand from Robert Greg Shand Architects translated the chair into a dream piece of architecture, a “branded villa” named the “SERIES 7 Villa” that expresses the curvaceous laminated plywood element of the chair in enveloping forms. Grey Canopy’s Sam Ang took a cue from theatre for the dramatically presented “Series 8,9,10,11….. (Experiment on Curves vs Light)” that probes the post-industrialised future of the Series 7™ in the next 60 years.
Terence Chan from Studio Terre created “Au15.75”, boasting a new skin for the classic, acknowledging the fact that the iconic silhouette of the chair makes it instantly recognisable, even with an unexpected twist in material. Leong Hon Kit and Si Jian Xin from WYNK Collaborative presented “Horizon Chair”, a play on the standard proportions of the Series 7™ with extended legs and rungs of ladder attached to the frame, creating a really tall version of the chair which allows the user to climb up and perch high above in solitude.
Brendon Lim from IMAJIN showed off “slip-on”, a subtle additive element to complement the original restrained design approach while Peter Tay from his eponymous studio transformed the back of his “Anywhere” chair with a mirrored surface, allowing the piece to “dissolve” and “merge” with the environment.
Guests at the event were rewarded with good food, interesting company from the design and architecture fields, as well as the opportunity to feast their eyes on the outcomes of a striking, unique project that celebrates history, design and the artist’s vision.
The unveiling of all seven chairs took place on 28 May 2015 at the Republic of Fritz Hansen showroom. The chairs will be displayed for public viewing at the Republic of Fritz Hansen showroom at W. Atelier, 75 Bukit Timah Road, Level 1, S(229833), from 28 May to 30 June 2015. They will also be exhibited at the Singapore Indesign Intimate event at the National Design Centre from 9 to 10 July 2015, and various venues around Singapore until end 2015.
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[ Brendon Lim, IMAJIN ]
Brendon is design director at IMAJIN Private Limited, which he founded in May 2010. He has been profiled in Louis Vuitton 2015, while IMAJIN has won Singapore Tatler Best Restaurant, Regional & Singapore 2014, for its work on Catalunya Singapore, as well as Hong Kong & Macau’s Best Restaurants 2012 for Lily, Bloom and Blind Pig.
“slip-on” by Brendon Lim Brendon Lim from IMAJIN
[ Colin Seah, Ministry of Design ]
As Ministry of Design’s Founder and Director of Design, Colin has been named Designer of the Year by International Design Awards USA 2010, and is a two-time recipient of Singapore’s highest design accolade, the President’s Design Award. He is also a two-time Grand Prize Winner of the Gold Key Award, the highest international hospitality accolade, named Hong Kong Perspective’s ’40 under 40 architects’ and Marcus Corporation Foundation Prize 2007 ’emerging architect with potential for greatness’. Recognised as a “Rising Star in Architecture” by Monocle, Colin Seah has been invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to redefine Singapore as a destination for 2020 and beyond.
“Kamaeleon” by Colin Seah from Ministry of Design
[ Leong Hon Kit, WYNK Collaborative ]
Hon Kit graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2008 with a Master of Architecture. His design approach works off a contrast between function and play, and is rooted in a deeply humanist design ethos, an influence from his time spent in Sweden and Norway as a student. Hon Kit has experience working with IDEO and is a frequent collaborator at design agency Hjgher. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Interior Design programme at the Singapore Polytechnic.
[ Si Jian Xin, WYNK Collaborative ]
Jian Xin graduated from NUS in 2008 with a Masters degree in Architecture and has worked on projects ranging from master planning to architectural works and interiors earlier in his career whilst with Wow Dlab. He is a partner at WYNK Collaborative, a Singapore-based design studio whose work is centred around spatial design, and all aspects surrounding it. He is interested in the how things work and indulges in the delight of everyday occurrences. He believes that design thinking is a powerful tool that should be used to better lives, both physically and experientially.
WYNK Collaboratives’s “Horizon Chair” Si Jian Xin and Leong Hon Kit from WYNK Collaborative
[ Robert Greg Shand, Robert Greg Shand Architects ]
With over 20 years experience working in Japan and throughout South East Asia, Greg established Robert Greg Shand Architects in 2005, specialising in bespoke luxury residences. Embracing a philosophy that marries a Japanese less-is-more ethos with Western values, the firm integrates architecture, interior design and landscaping to create sustainable spaces of intelligent simplicity. The firm has designed a wide range of projects in the region, including more than 20 luxury homes in Singapore’s Sentosa Cove; a soon-to-be-launched museum in Little India; premium residences in India, Myanmar and Malaysia; and boutique hotels in Indonesia and Japan.
“SERIES 7 Villa” by Robert Greg Shand Robert Greg Shand from Robert Greg Shand Architects.
[ Sam Ang, Grey Canopy ]
Sam Ang is Design Director at Grey Canopy. As design consultants, the team strives to break into new design frontiers, while staying true to design fundamentals. Grey Canopy focuses on quiet forms and details that transcend over time, creating works of timeless pieces that morph with the users’ needs and directions. Grey Canopy was incorporated in December 2009 and is fronted by Sam Ang and Sal Chua. Ang believes that “(d)esign is an extension of life’s needs for the betterment of the being, be it at play, work, live or rest. Designers like us are very much like scene-setters… we set the “the stage”, while the protagonist transits from scene to scene, unaware of the surprises that are in stored for them till the grand finale. ”
“Series 8,9,10, 11, ….. (Experiment on Curves vs Light)” by Sam Ang and Sal Chua Sal Chua and Sam Ang from Grey Canopy.
[ Peter Tay, Peter Tay Studio ]
Peter Tay of Peter Tay Studio is the celebrity interior designer to stars, such as Zhang Ziyi, Stephanie Sun and Zoe Tay. His portfolio comprises high-profiled residential and commercial projects. Peter Tay has worked on boutiques and showrooms for Richard Mille, Manolo Blahnik, Armani Casa and Poliform (Space Showroom), as well as luxury showflats for SC Global and Hotel Properties Limited (HPL), including The Met in Bangkok, Lincoln Modern, BLVD and Martin 38 in Singapore. Peter Tay won the ‘Designer of the Year’ award at the President’s Design Awards 2014.
“Anywhere” by Peter Tay Peter Tay from Peter Tay Studio
[ Terence Chan, Studio Terre ]
Terence Chan graduated from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies) and holds a Master of Architecture from the same school. After tutoring students at NUS for some years, he established Studio Terre in 2006. The studio’s residential and commercial work has been featured extensively in local and international publications.
Terence Chan’s “Au15.75″ Terence Chan from Studio
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