(jiří macek) Even though it is still February, the catalogue of the Danish brand of Hay already includes two new and remarkable chairs. Both of them have been designed by the relatively new Copenhagen-based studio of KiBiSi, which was established by the merger of three renowned studios: Kilo Design of Lars Holme Larsen, the architectural studio of BIG Architekts founded by Bjarke Ingels, and the Skibsted Ideation creative lab of Jens Martin Skibsted, who designed the Biomega bicycles.
The members of the studio say that they are ready to design everything because each part of the studio originally focused on a different field of design: they have designed bicycles (Biomega, Puma), raincoats and shoes (Puma), headphones (Aiaiai) and exhibition systems. For this reason, their chairs can fly, wag their tails, and obey. In fact, however, they cannot because they are chairs so why should they. Yet, they are very interesting from a structural point of view.
The Expo 2010 chair was created as a bench for the Danish pavilion of the popular homonymous “festival of songs and dances” in the Chinese city of Shanghai. It consists of two post-formed wooden boards that are easy to assemble and provide a plentiful number of combinations. Thus, the dynamically shaped chair, on a simple formal basis, enables the users to transform an area of relaxation into a real commotion of colors and lines.
As for the outdoor Tube Chair, it represents KiBiSi’s response to the development of wooden outdoor chairs, which has now ceased, in their opinion. The geniuses of the past that worked with molded plywood seem to have exhausted all its possibilities. In their design for Hay, KiBiSi has played with the combination of simple round timber and aluminum connectors. The result is a surprising futuristic settee with the pleasant touch of the texture of solid wood. As the KiBiSi members say: More softness and elegance for your garden seating.