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6 Beautiful, Well-Designed Chairs

By Guan Tan

 
Felicia Yap/ Tung Pham/ Carolyn Cheng
 

Soft Chair by DANIEL + EMMA

Felicia Yap/ Tung Pham/ Carolyn ChengDANIEL EMMA's Soft Chair measures width 45 x length 42 x height 71 centimetres.
DANIEL EMMA's Soft Chair measures width 45 x length 42 x height 71 centimetres.

Adelaide-based industrial designers Daniel To and Emma Aiston founded their eponymous studio nine years ago. Last year they were approached by high-street fashion chain COS to collaborate. "This installation was rolled out in COS's three Australian stores in Melbourne and Sydney in August last year," the duo said in an interview.

They designed a ladder, side table and chair for the installation. "Initially only three chairs were made for the COS project." But in the past six months, the duo have manufactured over 300 pieces for residential and commercial use. 

"It was born from the desire to create an affordable, easily [manufactured], unique chair that we could self-produce in Australia and retail [all over] the world!"

The Soft Chair is now sold in Singapore. It's upholstered by the esteemed 49-year-old Danish textiles company, Kvadrat, and propped by a steel frame. It stands at a nifty 71 centimetres tall, is a slightly petite chair, but one with a big personality. 

 

 

Palissade Outdoor Chair by HAY

Felicia Yap/ Tung Pham/ Carolyn ChengHAY's Palissade outdoor chair in Olive. It measures width 47 x depth 56 x height 80 centimetres.
HAY's Palissade outdoor chair in Olive. It measures width 47 x depth 56 x height 80 centimetres.

What husband-and-wife team, Rolf and Mette Hay, has created is not merely a 15-year-old furniture company in Copenhagen. They've invented an arsenal of universal furniture pieces. "Design is a global language," Mette Hay said in 2015. There's a place for HAY's furniture in every city. 

Furthering their pursuit of speaking a "global language", HAY partners with designers all over the globe. Here, a Palissade outdoor chair by French brothers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The outdoor series is made from powder coated steel to withstand universal outdoor weather conditions. It weighs seven kilograms and has been tested safe for domestic and outdoor use. 

 

AAC12 by HAY

Felicia Yap/ Tung Pham/ Carolyn ChengHAY's AAC 12 Chair in Grey.
HAY's AAC 12 Chair in Grey.

The AAC 12 (About A Chair No. 12) was designed by Danish designer Hee Welling. Welling's designs embody good proportions and subtlety. It's evident in his AAC12 – a graceful silhouette, an ergonomic fine-grain plastic seat supported by solid oak legs. The chair was designed with versatility in mind and will nestle comfortably into any office, dining or study room.

 

 

Lightwood Bar Stool & Arm Chair by Maruni Wood Industry

Felicia Yap/ Tung Pham/ Carolyn ChengJasper Morrison's Lightwood Collection for Maruni Wood Industry. From left: Lightwood Red Bar Stool weighs approximately six kilograms, and the Lightwood Arm Chair with white mesh weighs approximately five kilograms.
Jasper Morrison's Lightwood Collection for Maruni Wood Industry. From left: Lightwood Red Bar Stool weighs approximately six kilograms, and the Lightwood Arm Chair with white mesh weighs approximately five kilograms.

For 89 years, Hiroshima-based Maruni Wood Industry led the Japanese solid wood furniture industry. The company welcomes collaboration with the most renowned names in the global industrial design landscape. One of their partners is 58-year-old London-based furniture designer, Jasper Morrison

Here, his Lightwood collection was first released in 2011. The idea for lightweight furniture pieces was conceived when Morrison and another Maruni designer, Naoto Fukasawa came together. They realised there was a salient problem in the wood furniture industry. Solid wood is extremely coveted, but simultaneously are costly, and weighty. 

Morrison reduced weight by replacing the seat with alternative materials. In this case, a sheer white mesh of PVC covered polyester for the armchair and Swedish cow hide for the red bar stool. The frames of both chairs are made with solid Maple wood. 

 

 

Merano Arm Chair by TON

Felicia Yap/ Tung Pham/ Carolyn ChengTON Merano Armchair in Black.
TON Merano Armchair in Black.

Czech-based furniture company TON boasts 156 years of history. It was one of the pioneers of bentwood furniture. The Bentwood process literally refers to the process of steaming, bending, and drying beech timbre into shape.

The single-most recognised piece of furniture from TON must be founder Michael Thonet's proverbial bistro No.14 chair – a chair that was globally acclaimed for its robustness, simplicity, and prospects for mass-production. 

TON has an entourage of contemporary design collaborators, Merano-born industrial designer Alex Gufler included. His Merano armchair features a beautifully bent seat, perhaps a homage to the brand's illustrious bentwood heritage. The chair was designed in 2010 and has won six design awards since. 

 

Maruni Wood Industry chairs are available at Atomi, 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery. DANIEL EMMA chairs are available here, at EoMM. HAY and TON chairs are available at Grafunkt, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk.