Fritz Hansen wins awards for the Drop chair and the Analog table
Republic of Fritz Hansen, the premium Danish furniture brand, is proud to announce the recognition of the Drop chair by Arne Jacobsen and Analog by Jaime Hayon in the 2014 Good Design awards. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Good Design bestows international recognition upon the world’s most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, invention and originality, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design.
ALL ABOUT THE DROP
After more than 50 years in hibernation, the Drop has now been relaunched into the market. The chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 as part of his masterpiece, the legendary SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The Drop was originally produced along with the Swan and the Egg in a very limited number exclusively for the hotel, which ensured its status as an iconic collector’s item. Thanks to new production methods the Drop is now available in updated materials that are relevant for modern interiors as well as in fabric and leather upholstery that stays true to the original design. Despite the affordable price, the Drop remains exclusive, regardless which material you choose.
The Drop is a small chair with a big personality. As fresh and vibrant as a new design but with a rare heritage, the Drop comes with an unmistakable personality that is far greater than its simplicity suggests. The attention to detail and the unique design create a bold and exceptional statement that makes the Drop as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. The design of the back combines a warm embrace with freedom of movement, resulting in a surprising level of comfort. The chair will blend elegantly into a wide variety of settings as a great example of furniture design that is able to influence and elevate an entire room by its mere presence and beauty.
The Drop comes in six plastic colours: black, white, storm-blue, stone-grey, fire-red and sand-yellow. The plastic versions are available with either chrome or powder-coated legs in matching colors. The Drop is also available with textile or leather upholstery.
ALL ABOUT ANALOG
The Analog table celebrates the authentic way people connect around the table. The world is filled with communication through digital devices. Analog provides a space where no device is needed. The table promotes a return to the genuine togetherness that is a stark contrast to the digital life we face with demands of constant online presence. Analog gives you an invitation to engage, to share, to be intimate and present – to be offline.
Analog is not a square, not a circle, not an oval – it is a new form that takes the best from the three classic shapes and brings them together in a new, organic form. There is no hierarchy, just a beautiful platform for conversations which is a perfect match for modern relationships among family members, friends and colleagues.
Analog comes in two sizes and five variants: as a table for 6 or 8 persons and with tabletops in white laminate, oak and walnut veneer.
Now in its 64th year, the Good Design awards remain the oldest and most recognized program for design excellence worldwide, conferred annually by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In November, the judges met and selected over 500 product designs and graphics from over 35 nations based on innovation, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility and aesthetic appeal. The Drop and Analog are featured with other award recipients on the Chicago Athenaeum website.
ALL ABOUT FRITZ HANSEN
Founded in 1872 in Denmark, Fritz Hansen is one of the world’s most recognizable producers of iconic furniture for public and private spaces. The history of the company is characterized by meticulous craftsmanship, unique design and a sense of understated elegance. Leading architects and furniture designers from all over the world have produced timeless furniture for the company’s collection, which embraces innovative techniques and new materials. Contributors include legendary designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm, Bruno Mathsson, Piet Hein, and Piero Lissoni as well as young innovators like Kasper Salto and Todd Bracher.
For more information, visit www.fritzhansen.com