Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has taken inspiration for his version of Series 7 in both the chair’s own material – layered veneer – and in its stackability.
In 2015, Arne Jacobsen’s iconic stacking chair Series 7 reaches the age of 60. The anniversary is celebrated by the manufacturer Fritz Hansen in many ways, and one of them has been to ask the 7 coolest architects from around the world to give their personal interpretation of the famous chair.
The seven architects are: Bjarke Ingels Group, Carlos Ott & Carlos Ponce de Leon, Jean Nouvel Design, Jun Igarashi, Neri & Hu, Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid Design.
Unlike other Arne Jacobsen’s famous chairs – for example The Ant – the Series 7 is not designed for a specific interior project. This makes it open for many interpretations and easy to place in many contexts.
This is convincingly demonstrated by the seven architects with a number of very different and personal versions of the Series 7. The chairs will be displayed on a worldwide traveling exhibition entitled “7 cool Architects”. The exhibition premiered on July 16 at the Design Museum in Ghent, Belgium, and then proceeds to Oslo.
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Zaha Hadid has chosen to emphasize the chair’s distinctive, sculptural silhouette by giving it a frame of steel rods bent in an “endless” course with three points of contact to the floor.