To celebrate its 60th anniversary, seven architects including Bjarke Ingels, Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel took to reinterpreting Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 chair.
The Series 7 chair was not designed for a particular project unlike most of Jacobsen’s other designs and is therefore more flexible to being used in various ways and suit a range of contexts.
The seven architects were chosen as part of a traveling exhibiton called ‘7 Cool Architects’ which is now open in Belgium’s Design Museum Gent.
The complete list of architects include BIG, Carlos Ott & Carlos Ponce de Leon, Jean Nouvel, Jun Igarashi, Neri & Hu, Zaha Hadid amd Snohetta.
Images courtesy of Fritz Hansen
BIG’s design references the multiple ‘seveners’ that can be stacked, focusing on the materiality and the essence of the layered veneer. Although being a subtle repetition of the original design, the fifteen elements support the singular seat and back of the chair.
Zaha Hadid’s interpretation creates a seamless structure and support, from by two continuous steel rods. The sculptural base is swept to the ground.
Neri & Hu
A design that expresses the notion of duality, the chair is replicated to allow two people to be seated simultaneously. The seats are oriented to face one another, with an emphasis on the communal aspect of seating.
Jun Igarashi’s design is directly linked to two of his projects in Japan: the house M and Rectangle of Light, proposed as a means to reuse building materials. It is constructed from discarded wood, including an element of colour to the seat and legs of the chair.
Jean Nouvel uses bold back and white patterns to mark each chair.
Snohetta’s interpretation is that of an outdoor chair that allows seating to be disconnected from its legs.
Carlos Ott & Carlos Ponce de León
Designed in association with Carlos Ponce de Leon, Carlos Ott Architects focuses on the upholstery of the chair, referencing a vertical garden with curved lines that mimics the original chair.