The iconic Polder Sofa was designed by a sofa-hater
Designer: Hella Jongerius
Retailer: W. Atelier
Photo credit: Vitra
Did you know that Dutch designer Hella Jongerius – most famous for injecting colours into the furniture she designs – hates sofas? When asked by Vitra’s then-CEO Rolf Fehlbaum to design one in 2004, she replied: “I hate sofas, big blocks of foam – I never see a sofa that I like.” Thankfully, Fehlbaum stood his ground; he threw her the gauntlet of designing one that she would like. A year later, the Polder Sofa was born. Its asymmetrical structure evokes the reclaimed flatlands of her home country, wrapped in a variety of colours and fabrics, and has since become an icon in the Vitra Home Collection.
The LC4 Chaise Longue was inspired by our bodies
Designers: Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand
Retailer: Space Furniture
The LC4 Chaise Longue was born from three designers’ desire to create a piece of furniture that would be subservient to the human form. Above all, they wanted the person who reclines on it to do nothing but relax. Designed in 1928 and made famous in 1965 through Cassina, this iconic piece is a balance between geometric purity and ergonomic intent. The stability of the bow-shaped frame is made possible through rubber tubes that cover the cross bar of the base.
PK means it’s a Poul Kjearholm piece
Brand: Fritz Hansen
Designer: Poul Kjearholm
Retailer: W. Atelier
If you’ve ever wondered why some furniture by Fritz Hansen carries the prefix of “pk”, for example, the pk22TM easy chair, wonder no more. It means it was designed by Danish designer Poul Kjearholm. The production and sales of his furniture designs developed from 1951 to 1967 have been managed by Fritz Hansen since 1982. The Danish design company is therefore the guardian of the works of this former employee of theirs (Kjearholm worked for them for just over a year in 1952, during which he also designed several chair prototypes). Another fun fact: the numbers attached to the prefix change according to the typology of furniture, such as lounge chair, daybed and table. For example, PK9 is a leather chair inspired by the hip shape of Kjearholm’s wife when she sat on the sand at the beach.