Hug by Claesson Koivisto Rune
for Arflex

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The armrests of these chairs by Swedish designers Claesson Koivisto Rune reach out as though asking for a hug.

Hug by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex

The Hug range by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Italian brand Arflex features deep, thin arms that angle upwards and outwards.

Hug by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex

"The friendly and welcoming gesture, seen most clearly in the ‘open-armed’ position of the armrests, is meant as a universal invitation, saying 'come, sit with me a while and I’ll put you at ease,'" say the designers.

Hug by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex

The upholstered seat, backrest and arms sit on a wooden plinth supported by legs in a contrasting colour.

Hug by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex

The Hug collection includes a dining chair, a lower side chair and a high-backed club chair that's more enclosed.

Hug by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex

Arflex presented the pieces at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan last month, where Claesson Koivisto Rune also showed top-heavy chairs inspired by the work of American minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly for Italian furniture brand Tacchini. See more design by Claesson Koivisto Rune.

Hug by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex

Meanwhile Spanish designer Jaime Hayón presented another chair with outstretched arms for Danish brand &tradition.

Hug by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex

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Hug by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex

  • Paul

    I don't know which one was first, but the idea is very similar to the Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón.

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk/ Kate Austin

    More IKEA style versions or mid century kitsch. It seems like there have been dozens of chairs that look just like this on Dezeen in the last month or so. Yawn.