The Lounge Chair JH97 is the result of the collaboration between Fritz Hansen and Jaime Hayon, a chair that is said to make lounging a new art form.
Applying classical craftsmanship techniques to modern innovation design the chair in itself became a contradiction: classic yet modern, bold yet simple, light yet solid. There is however a story behind this chair, this Q&A session with Jaime Hayon and Christian Anderson will walk you through it:
Tell us about what inspired this new design for Fritz Hansen.
Jaime: “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.”
Christian: We wanted to make a unique chair that was light and sculptural in its expression; smaller than Jaime’s previous designs for Fritz Hansen, but one that married his artistic design language with Fritz Hansen’s know-how.”
How does the final product relate to your initial ideas?
Jaime: “We knew from the start what we wanted to achieve: an extraordinary and seamless addition to the Fritz Hansen universe. We also looked to nature: to the rounded, streamlined shape of the pelican’s beak and body, which is apparent in the curved shapes of both the frame and the cushions.”
Christian: “The result is simples in form than Fritz Hansen’s typical designs, but it retains the brand’s sense of aesthetics and craftsmanship with is low, open silhouette.”
Tell us a little about the process.
Jaime: “It was easy and exciting. We discussed how to best use traditional techniques and modern technology to achieve what I believe is a truly great piece of design.”
Christian: “It was also important to look to our craftsmanship heritage. Using out decades-long woodworking knowledge, we have added handmade touches; the joints of the softly sculptured wooden frame are assembled by hand.”
What challenges did you face?
Jaime: “Our aim was to create a stylish, comfortable and cultural chair. My main focus, therefore, was on its overall expression, preserving its integrity yet pushing the boundaries of what we could achieve in terms of craftsmanship.”
Christian: “It was important for us to make an entirely new lounge chair for a worldwide audience that reflects Fritz Hansen’s high-quality craftsmanship and its Danish heritage. We wanted to ensure first-rate materials and workmanship, seen in the subtle details – from the precision joints to the tapered frame – that require great skill to achieve.”
What do you like most about the Lounge Chair JH97?
Jaime: “It is well balanced and expressive, and has the perfect mix of Danish tradition and a Mediterranean feel, which I love. I love the silhouette and how it looks beautiful from all angles. I also love the fact that it is the best-priced lounge chair I have ever made, making it accessible to a wider audience.”
Christian: “I believe we have created a truly stunning piece of furniture, where function, craftsmanship and beauty go hand in hand.”
Where do you see it working best?
Jaime: “Everywhere! Quite possibly the best thing about the Lounge Chair JH97 is its ability to work in almost any environment – from homes to hotels and offices – while retaining its authenticity.”
Christian: “It’s such a versatile, timeless piece. The removable cushion covers make it customisable to any setting, too. It’s a chair for modern spaces; for work or play.”