As part of Fritz Hansen’s 7 Cool Architects touring exhibitions, colourliving has teamed up with the brand to present the 7 Stars X Series 7™ exhibition in Hong Kong, paying tribute to the classic chair that best represents Scandinavian lifestyle till January 17.
2015 marks the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong interior lifestyle store colourliving, and it is also the 60th year since the creation of the iconic Series 7™ chair, a product of world-famous Denmark furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen. To pay unique homage to this classic chair, 7 local architects and designers were invited to offer their creative interpretation on the iconic Series 7™.
The 7 local masterminds include G.O.D. founder Douglas Young, Qeelin founder Dennis Chan, founder of CL3 architecture and interior design firm, architect and art collector William Lim and Hong Kong interior designer Joyce Wang.
William Lim says if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then The Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen has been the most celebrated chair ever designed. The most famous imitation would be the Iconic photograph taken by Hong Kong born British photographer Lewis Morley in 1963 of actress Christine Keeler. The chair in the photograph was later acknowledged by Morley as a “knock-off” produced by Heal’s in London, which is now collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
To reinterpret the Series 7™, Dennis Chan started from the materials he is fond of. He loves all things fluffy and in his work, he used recycled faux fur and plated the cold silver legs into rose gold, so that the resulting work is environment friendly, invitingly warm, irresistibly cute yet luxurious.
At first the designer was thinking of the red apple from the Snow White movie and the duality of being highly desirable and suspicious at the same time. Then, the colour red became the main inspiration. In Chinese culture, red represents good fortune, joy and happiness. The tassels tied up on this red lacquered Scandinavian chair emphasize the richness of Chinese ornamentation and add a sensual touch. It’s a tension between design and textile, hard and soft, clean and rich useful and decorative. This final chair is a fantasy, a coquetry, a flirt.
Wang was inspired by the upper body silhouette of the chair that resembles the Queen – the most powerful piece in the game of chess. She extended the form of the Queen to the ground to create a stool. Playful and iconic, this rendition of the model is both eye-catching and clever.