Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency Layer has created Pair Chair, a modular seating system for Fritz Hansen. Benjamin Hubert is the first British designer to launch a product with the renowned Danish furniture brand.
Pair Chair is a seating system with over 8,000 possible unique combinations, giving architects and interior designers flexibility in specification. Pair Chair was launched at The Republic of Fritz Hansen showroom as part of London Design Festival, one of the world’s most important annual design events.
The Pair Chair has been designed as a modular system of components, with over 8,000 possible variations, offering specifiers a single product adaptable to any interior environment. The components include: two back rest options (with and without arms), available in a choice of four colours; two leg options (sled base and four legs), available in a choice of five colours; one seat, available in a choice of five colours; one optional cushion, available in a choice of 40 colours.
The Pair Chair embraces the Mid-Century design language that Fritz Hansen pioneered, utilising a pressed plywood shell with a strong sense of fluid geometry. The traditional material of the seat shell is paired with an injection moulded polycarbonate backrest, creating an interesting tension between old and new and modernising the Fritz Hansen material palette. The backrest is moulded with 10% transparency, which elevates the plastic material by giving it a glass-like quality.
The Pair Chair seating system is the result of 30 prototypes over a three-year development period, and represents the studio’s increased focus on delivering intelligent and flexible furniture systems.
“At Layer we invest our time in helping companies understand how smart furniture systems can help their business grow. Pair Chair represents a super flexible system with up to 8,000 possible combinations to meet the demands of a market increasingly focused on individuality and products tailored specifically to the needs of the environments they are used in.” – Benjamin Hubert – Director, Layer
“Benjamin has inspired us and created something really new, with a strong emotional story, whilst still embracing the Fritz Hansen DNA.” – Jacob Holm – CEO, Fritz Hansen
Info and images courtesy of Layer