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Ro – A Classic in the Making
A little over two years ago, iconic Danish manufacturers Fritz Hansen enlisted the help of Spanish designer Jaime Hayon to create a brand new lounge chair.
Alongside Christian Grosen (the head of design at Fritz Hansen) and Michael Helmer Larsen (Fritz Hansen’s prototype developer), Hayon developed what we all now know simply as Ro – the latest must-have chair and design classic in the making.
Hayon’s hotly anticipated Ro chair was finally revealed at the Milan Furniture Fair this year and received instant acclaim. Named after the Danish word for ‘tranquility’, Ro was designed to be both comfortable and beautiful, and as a place that would encourage reflection and contemplation.
Ro is much more than just another easy chair, however – it has been designed to be the size of 1 ½ chairs, allowing the sitter to relax, work, change position, or to share your seat with your child. It is designed to fit in with our modern lifestyles, where our chairs are used for much more than simply sitting.
The biggest challenge for Hayon when designing the chair was to make it both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, all at the same time. He recently stated that ‘we worked intensively with the chair’s shape because it should be both comfortable and utterly elegant’. Whilst wanting large, loose seat cushions for comfort, he also wanted to chair to keep its poise and sophistication. You can see Hayon talking about the Ro chair in the video below.
The design process did not come without is setbacks, however. Initially Hayon wanted the Ro’s legs to be sharp and pointed, much like that of a stiletto heel. However, after careful consideration and input from the Fritz Hansen design team, they decided, for practical reasons, that the legs would be softer, subtler and more rounded.
To make the chair vibrant and visually interesting, Hayon chose to work with two textures of the same color on each chair. There is one textile for the chair’s shell and another for the loose cushions. Together with Christian Grosen and Michael Helmer Larsen, they decided to launch Ro in 9 colourways: three traditional (black, taupe and light grey), three bright (violet, blue and yellow), and three in softer colours (pink, sage green and sand). The decision to make Ro available in a wide selection of colours came naturally to Hayon as he believes that colour is ‘the most important thing you can do right now in terms of communication’ – an interesting foresight and one that we most certainly agree with.
What colour would you go for?
The beautiful Ro chair is available to buy from September 2013, but you can pre-order yours now at Nest.co.uk