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Table and Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for HAY


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. 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.

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