LOUNGE CHAIR JH97™
EMBRACING MODERN LIFE
Jaime Hayon and Christian Andresen share their thoughts on the new design
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 simpler in form than Fritz Hansen’s typical designs, but it retains the brand’s sense of aesthetics and craftsmanship with its 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 our decades-long woodworking knowledge, we have added handmade touches; the joints of the softly sculptured wooden frame are assembled by hand.”
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 view 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.”