Prince Chair was originally designed for a competition setting the task of creating a chair for His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Denmark. Bound by centuries of royal traditions and yet a young man very much in touch with his own generation the crown prince lives a life full of contradictions. These contrasts served as inspiration for the designer. The seat is an allusion to the old paper cuttings of H. C. Andersen and gives the chair a comforting lightness and softness contrasting the steel framework. The transparency of the chair represents how the life of a prince is always open to public scrutiny. The Prince Chair sits cleverly between historical reference and prescient modernity.
Making this chair more than a drawing on paper has challenged modern manufacturing technologies using both water-cutting and laser-cutting to perforate the neoprene and felt seat and steel frame. The result is a refreshing alternative to upholstery. The Prince Chair did not win the competition but has since then taken on a high-flying life of its own. It has won several awards and is now part of the MOMA collection in New York.
Frame and shelv in black powder coated steel. Seat in neoprene soft rubber with felt
W100CM x D80CM x H35/80CM