Hans Sandgren Jakobsen set out to design a chair to support the human body as best as possible. The result is Daisy, a chair that uses the complex material 3D-Veneer. Here is how Daisy pressed veneer to its absolute limit.
“People are not shaped like squares and humans aren’t flat in any places. So why should your chair be flat or square in any way?”
The words belong to Danish designer Hans Sandgren Jakobsen. They motivated him to create his new chair Daisy to be as comfortable as possible while still looking gorgeous. The chair has an organic shape that snuggles around your body, giving support in multiple areas. However, it was no easy task designing such a chair, Hans Sandgren Jakobsen explains:
“The first prototypes weren’t so pretty. We went to two exhibitions with the chair, where we covered it with leather to make it look better. In fact, the development proved so tricky that we changed the mould four times before we succeeded.”
But, the struggle was well worth it.
Hans Sandgren Jakobsen’s work partner Shuping Xue helped make Daisy. Shuping Xue is a Chinese furniture maker with his own company Xue. He and Hans Sandgren Jakobsen have worked together on multiple furniture projects using the material 3D-Veneer.
3D-Veneer is special because it allows designers to shape furniture more freely than conventional veneer or wood. However, Hans Sandgren Jakobsen wanted to push its limits further. He wanted more comfort and that required a deeper seat than manufactures normally make.
“3D-Veneer is immensely expensive, but it looks great and it gives a very strong chair. When we made Daisy, we really pushed the boundaries because we wanted a deep seat while also trying to keep the high side support,” says Hans Sandgren Jakobsen.
Daisy was so well received it even won the gold award at last years iF Design Awards. Hans Sandgren Jakobsen was naturally happy about this, but he never expected the attention the award would provide in China.
The coveted iF Design Awards is held in Germany and previous winners include Apple and Ferrari. However, no furniture manufacturer from China have ever won an award until now, explains Hans Sandgren Jakobsen.
“It was quite special for Xue. He was interviewed by many reporters and the chair was mentioned in all sorts of media. Xue even went on Chinese national television CCTV in a ten minute feature about him and the chair.”
That all helped make Daisy a popular chair in China. Were it not for the complicated manufacturing process there would probably be loads of copies flooding the Chinese market.
“I’ve already seen a copy made in plastic. But, due to the 3D-Veneer and our special mould I believe it will be very hard to make a good copy,” Hans Sandgren Jakobsen says and continues: “The thing is, 3D-Veneer is not a completely new material. We just pushed it a little further.”