by Festival's Feet on the Street
Fritz Hansen reveals their three year process behind the PAIR™ chair, the product of a collaboration with designer Benjamin Hubert.
Republic of Fritz Hansen has a rich history of working with the world’s top designers and architects to create premium furniture, something Benjamin Hubert will undoubtedly be aware of amid Fritz Hansen’s first collaboration with the British designer. Founded in 1872 by Danish-born carpenter Hansen, this furniture designer brand has gone on to manufacture exceptional quality products that are modern yet timeless. These values are embodied by the new PAIR™ chair, made of a mix of coloured plastic, laminate wood and steel. This variety of materials allows for an interchangeable design, meaning that not every chair is the same, while retaining a robust structure that is light, practical and functional.
The exhibition is set out in the format of a timeline, charting the chair’s development, from initial concept to CAD iterations and early prototypes before being realised in the final product. The prototypes are displayed along with photographs of the techniques and machinery used to create the chair, giving the viewer an insight into a usually unseen side of design. It is interesting to see how the trial and testing process differs to the completed chair, such as the seat changing from a hardwood to a lighter laminate wood.
It also reveals the amount of time that goes into producing something as ubiquitous and seemingly simple as a chair and the labour of love that goes with high-quality, beautiful design. This display is a must for design enthusiasts and fans of minimal, modern furnishings.
Written by Katherine Allen
Edited by Rosie Howe