Marking a new transition into the lounge chair category, Fritz Hansen’s Lounge Chair JH97 combines quality and craftsmanship with affordability and integrity.
When designer Jaime Hayon was charged with creating a new and modern lounge chair for Fritz Hansen, he looked to classical Danish design for inspiration. Marrying style with comfort and simplicity with sophistication, the result is a versatile chair that perfectly balances tradition and technology. Fitting seamlessly into any setting – from residential homes to hotel lobbies and office spaces – it lends beauty to every environment thanks to its honest, timeless expression. Elegant from every angle, the open, low-slung silhouette has a contemporary feel despite its classic roots, enhancing the laid-back feel. Exaggerated armrests – wide and flat – embrace and support the body, as does the curved backrest, angled in an upright position for comfort when sitting for prolonged periods of time. Generously sized cushions appear to float within the design and are upholstered with detachable covers that allow you to easily change the expression. The natural structure of the solid wood frame stands in beautiful contrast, and the gently rounded joints are assembled by hand in reference to the Danish design heritage.
Hayon’s Spanish heritage and sense of humour are inherent in everything he creates, from lounge to dining chairs.
"It is important to remember that my design is made for humans – to be used by humans. I believe that design should provoke emotions. Design should make you feel good. Create happiness."
As a teenager, he submerged himself in skateboard culture and graffiti art, the foundation of the detailed, bold-yet-whimsical imagery so imminent in his work today. After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica in 1997, the Benetton-funded design and communication academy, working closely with the legendary image-maker and agitator Oliviero Toscani. In a short time he was promoted from student to head of their Design Department. Eight years later, Jaime broke out on his own, first with his collections of designer toys, ceramics and furniture, later followed by interior design and installations.