Fritz Hansen & Jaime Hayon Celebrate 10 Years
To mark the 10th anniversary of their collaboration and design partnership, Fritz Hansen and Jaime Hayon introduce the Lounge Chair JH97, a classic yet modern piece that strikes the perfect balance between past and future, making lounging a new art form. This versatile new chair is light, sculptural, functional and affordable. Inspired by the pelican, shaped for flight with long, broad wings, a gently curved body and a distinctive bill, the Lounge Chair JH97 conveys a similar lightness that belies its strength.
THE ART OF LOUNGING
The result of the latest collaboration between Fritz Hansen and Jaime Hayon, the Lounge Chair JH97 strikes the perfect balance between past and future, making lounging a new art form.
Applying classical craftsmanship techniques to modern innovation design, Fritz Hansen’s Lounge Chair JH97 is a contradiction in terms: classic yet modern, bold yet simple, light yet solid.
“We wanted to create a modern lounge chair that was light and sculptural in its expression; fusing Fritz Hansen’s expertise with Jaime Hayon’s sculptural design language,” explains Christian Andresen, Head of Design at Fritz Hansen. The apotheosis of a lounge chair, the new iteration takes its inspiration from nature: Inspired by the pelican, shaped for flight with long, broad wings, a gently curved body and a distinctive bill, the Lounge Chair JH97 conveys a similar lightness that belies its strength.
“The idea was to create a “typical” Danish lounge chair, expressive and modern. Comfort was a key factor, as was the combination of the best of Danish design tradition and modern technology,” notes Jaime Hayon.
Perfectly proportioned with a solid frame available in natural oak, stained oak and black ash – the open, low-slung silhouette has a contemporary feel despite its classic roots. Elegant from every angle, the decorative joints with gently rounded edges are assembled by hand in a nod to Danish heritage designs and craftsmanship tradition. Exaggerated armrests – wide and flat – embrace and support the body, as does the curved backrest, angled in an upright position for comfort when sitting for prolonged periods of time. Enhancing the laid-back feel, generously sized cushions are upholstered with detachable covers in textile or leather, allowing you to easily change the expression.
Fitting seamlessly into any setting – from homes to hotels and office headquarters – it lends beauty to every environment thanks to its honest, timeless expression. “The Lounge Chair JH97 is more than just a chair: it’s expressive, light and comfortable, bringing life to a wide range of spaces,” comments Jaime Hayon on the versatile new design.
In stores from September 2019.