BIG, Jean Nouvel, and 5 Others Reinterpret Arne Jacobsen's Series 7 Chair

Sixty years ago Arne Jacobsen designed the Series 7 chair - the "Sevener." Unlike many other Jacobsen designs, the chair was not designed for a specific use, leaving it to interpretation. In light of the chair's 60th anniversary, Fritz Hansen commissioned "seven cool architects" - BIG, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Snøhetta and three others - to recreate the chair. The results, after the break.

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Inspired by the chair's layered veneer and stacking capabilities, BIG's Series 7 redesign resulted in "a subtle repetition of the iconic form language."

Carlos Ott Architects with Carlos Ponce de León Architects

Carlos Ott Architects in association with Carlos Ponce de Léon Architects. Image via

Designed specifically for the restaurant at Celebra, a flagship building of the technological campus Zonamerica by Ott & Ponce de León, these chairs "intervene the same way the vertical garden grows organically up the wall in the open-roof basement" with "curved lines" that mimic the garden and adapt to the anatomy of the chair. 

Jean Nouvel Design

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With contrasting colors and juxtapositions, "an example of Jean Nouvel's design signatures," this pairing "plays together in a feminine and masculine flow."

Jun Igarashi Architects

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In the context of Jun Igarashi Architects' wood House M and "rectangle of light," this recreation is an example of how debris wood from earthquakes can be repurposed into furniture. 

Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Embracing the notion of duality, Neri & Hu redesigned the Series 7 chair in the context of the renovated 1930s Waterhouse in Shanghai. By creating "an actual double," the "single chair" becomes a "community" of chairs that reminds us "we are never alone, but always together."


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Likened to Snøhetta's Rauland Mountain Church, this re-envisioned chair shares a special connection with the outdoors; its shell can be freed from its legs and used on any sloping surface.

Zaha Hadid Design

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Formed from two continuous steel rods, Zaha Hadid's Series 7 recreation boasts a sinuous shape much like the acclaimed Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.


All seven chairs will be exhibited worldwide in a touring exhibition.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "BIG, Jean Nouvel, and 5 Others Reinterpret Arne Jacobsen's Series 7 Chair" 08 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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BIG、 Jean Nouve及其他5大师重新诠释了Arne Jacobsen Series 的 7椅子

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