The Grand Prix™ Chair by Han Kjøbenhavn
Fashion brand Han Kjøbenhavn has collaborated with the Republic of Fritz Hansen to issue a new interpretation of one of Arne Jacobsen’s most recognisable chairs, the Grand Prix.
The original Grand Prix chair was created by Arne Jacobsen back in 1957 and was first presented at the Spring Exhibition for Danish crafts and furniture design. The initial name of the chair was “Model 3130” but it gained its present named after winning the prestigious Grand Prix at Triennale di Milano in 1957.
The collaboration resulted in a contemporary interpretation of Grand Prix which follows the example of the original in focusing on craftsmanship, materials and aesthetic qualities. Instead of the original one made of wood, the new back is made of black tubular steel and woven flag halyard. The chair has an oil-finished oak or walnut seat and legs in black-stained oak. In addition to the chair, Han Kjøbenhavn have designed a leather jacket and an eyeglass case made of the scraps of leather left over from the production of Arne Jacobsen’s Egg and Swan chairs and a unique eyeglass frame made of the same veneer as the Grand Prix Chair.
”Danish design has always been a key source of inspiration for our work, so to be able to work with Fritz Hansen and to interpret one of Arne Jacobsen’s award-winning designs has been a fun and interesting challenge. He is one of the major figures in the field, so obviously we approached the task with a high degree of humility. It was essential for us to bring our own DNA to the table and to add new life to the chair while still maintaining the balance and preserving the chair’s timeless expression,” say Jannik Wikkelsø Davidsen and Tim Faith Hancock, founders and owners, Han Kjøbenhavn.
Photos courtesy of Republic of Fritz Hansen