Prince chair by Louise Campbell for Hay

August 25th, 2011 by retail design blog

Prince Chair was originally designed for a competition setting the task of creating a chair for His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Denmark. The seat is an allusion to the old paper cuttings of H. C. Andersen and gives the chair a comforting lightness and softness contrasting the steel framework. The Prince Chair sits cleverly between historical reference and prescient modernity.

Making this chair more than a drawing on paper has challenged modern manufacturing technology using both water-cutting and laser-cutting to perforate the neoprene and felt seat and steel frame. The result is a refreshing alternative to upholstery.

The Prince Chair did not win the competition but has since then taken on a high-flying life of its own. It has won several awards and is now part of the MoMa collection in New York.

The Prince Chair is produced by the Danish company Hay today.
Designed by Louise Campbell

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