Top architects rethink classic Jacobsen 7 chair
Initiated by Fritz Hansen, 7 contemporary architects redesigned the classic Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen. The piece was born exactly 60 years ago, and unlike other Jacobsen designs created for specific projects, it was made for general use. As such, 7 is adaptable for many environments and applications. This multifaceted quality was taken to a next level in this collaboration. Participating artists had to chose one particular context they intended to design for, otherwise they were given complete freedom in reimagining the chair.
Apart from demonstrating its versatility, the aim of the project was to avoid that the chair would become a sleeping museum relic by reconnecting it to today’s finest design circles. The architects involved are the Bjarke Ingels Group, Carlos Ott & Carlos Ponce de León, Jean Nouvel Design, Jun Igarashi, Neri & Hu, Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid Design. The 7 brand new and unique interpretations will premiere at the Design Museum Gent. After touring the world in the form of a traveling exhibition, two pieces of each designs will be sold at a charity auction at the end of this year.
BIG played on the idea of stackablility and the layers and the essence of layered veneer
Zaha Hadid brought her trademark organic approach
Neri & Hu enforce human interaction with the facing chairs + table combo
Reused materials and fun colours characterise Jun Igarashi's version
Jean Nouvel keeps things monochrome and in pefect harmony
Carlos Ott & Carlos Ponce de León's upholstery leads to a funky office chair
Snøhetta takes things outdoors with innovative swing-like design
Pictures courtesy of Fritz Hansen
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