Watch 7 cool architects during Designmeile Berlin as part of the exhibition New Nordic.

Seven international architects have made their interpretation of the iconic Series 7™ chair designed by Arne Jacobsen.

Carlos Ott Architects in association with Carlos Ponce de Léon Architects
Celebra, a flagship building of the technological campus Zonamerica was the context for the design. "We decided to merge the chair and the building seamlessly with the restaurant. The chairs should be intervened the same way the vertical garden  grows organically up the wall in the open-roof basement: The upholstery climbs and settles peacefully on the shell of the chair. The curved lines which compose the foundation of the different areas in the garden are mimicked and adapted to the anatomy of the chair".


Jun Igarashi Architects
Context: When buildings collapse during earthquakes the building materials are wasted. The idea is to collect the waste wood, introduce a colour and process it into boards that can be used for furniture.

Design: "In our work we have chosen the context of the wooden houses “house M” and “rectangle of light”. The unique qualities of the spaces are created by the sophisticated work with light and shadow forming a very quiet space. The quietness leaves room for the strong history of the making of the chair". 



Neri&Hu Design & Research Office
The Waterhouse from 1930s in Shanghai was the context for this design. The idea of a replica, a re-edition hinges on the duality between the original and the re-design, such as it is also seen in the renovation of The Waterhouse. Our take on this project is to embrace this exact idea of duality and create an actual “double”. The doubling of two original seats facing each other becomes the new version: The singular chair multiplied as the individual becomes a community. Reminding us that we are never alone, but always together.


"Rauland Mountain Church is placed on a slope on a balance point. The chair and the church have similar qualities. We envisioned that the chair would be fixed to its legs inside, and with the church being located on a ski slope you could click off the shell and bring it onto the slopes for an outdoor service. Since we set the chair free, we felt that the chair could be used for a large number of our projects. We try to maintain a good link to the outdoors through out our work and that’s why a outdoor chair is perfect for our projects".

In this short movie Snøhetta explains how they worked with the design and chose to explore the shell by removing everything else.



Zaha Hadid
This special edition formalises the Series 7™ chair as a dynamic and seamless expression of structure and support. Formed from two continuous steel rods, the sculptural base sweeps down to the ground and reaches up to embrace the undulating shape of the iconic plywood seat.



Bjarke Ingels Group
The inspiration for the design is the materiality of the chair. The essence of the layered veneer and the functionality of the stacking. The final result is a subtle repetition of the iconic form language.



Jean Nouvel Design
The design is an example of Jean Nouvel's design signatures - contrasting colours and juxtapositions. Black and white mark each chair - although they still play together in a
feminine and masculine flow. Creating a reinforcement of the curves of the front and of the
back of the shell. 





See the exhibition in Berlin:
Place: Foyer at stilwerk Berlin 
Period: 8.10-31.10 
Address: Kantstraße 17,
10623 Berlin 

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