table and chair designs by ronan and erwan bouroullec for hay – presented at orgatec 2012 in cologne image © studio bouroullec

 

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec have conceived a collection of tables, chairs and benches in collaboration with danish furniture company hay, presented at orgatec 2012 in cologne. the newly renovated faculty of humanities at københavns universitet in copenhagen, denmark will be furnished with an entire suite of these designs by the brothers. fabricated from oak and beech, the motivation for the series was an old wooden university trestle chair by architect berndt pedersen. the interpretation features nesting, comfort and durability while maintaining the original typology of the trestle style. designing to the mantra ‘a strong sensual stackable wooden chair’, the bouroullec duo split the form into two parts to produce an aesthetic with a pronounced seam where the two shells meet. under the seat along this defined join the four legs attach to create an A-frame leg structure, allowing infinite neat stacking where most other chairs pile forward.

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec the pieces will be used for the newly remodelled faculty of humanities at københavns universitet in copenhagen, denmark image © studio bouroullec

 

 

 

the seat and back are mounted in the centre creating a highly flexible build which follows the movement of the user – bearing similarity to cantilever varieties from the bauhaus school in germany in the 1930s. the table tops are also positioned in the middle of the framework to allow for natural cable run as well as an aesthetic connection to the other pieces.

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec image © studio bouroullec

 

 

 

the brothers describe the impetus for the set:

 

‘with this new collection it was our ambition to resume an old scandinavian tradition targeting specific architecture and specific needs in designing new furniture… in our proposal for the new range of educational furniture, we have attempted to create furniture which in form and identity has a clear dating in our age and which in a compelling manner uncovers the functional needs of a university in 2012.’

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec the form was split into two parts – producing an aesthetic with a pronounced seam image © studio bouroullec

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec the chair designs bear similarity to cantilever varieties from the bauhaus school in germany in the 1930s image © studio bouroullec

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec fabricated from oak and beech, the chairs feature nesting, comfort and durability image © studio bouroullec

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec the A-frame leg structure allows for neat stacking image © studio bouroullec

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec the motivation for the series was an old wooden university trestle chair image © studio bouroullec

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec the seat and back are mounted in the centre creating a highly flexible form which follows the movement of the user image © studio bouroullec

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec the bouroullec duo designed to the mantra ‘a strong sensual stackable wooden chair’ image © studio bouroullec

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec ‘with this new collection it was our ambition to resume an old scandinavian tradition‘ image © studio bouroullec

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec testing the strength of the chair image © studio bouroullec

 

 

ronan and erwan bouroullec: furniture for hay at orgatec the stacking is vertical rather than piling forward image © hay

 

 

update 24.09.2013:ronan bouroullec spent 3 days with HAY in copenhagen to shoot the entire ‘copenhague collection’. designboom has added a hand picked selection of the works in a gallery below.