Milan 2013: Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has created a chair with armrests that stretch outwards like limbs for Danish brand &tradition.
Jaime Hayón based the form of the Catch chair on the image of a human figure with outstretched arms.
"When I was drawing Catch, I drew a man with open arms, like a chair that wants to catch you. And it works like that," explains Hayón.
Produced by furniture brand &tradition, the chair is composed of a moulded polyurethane-foam shell, which is covered in cold cure foam and then finished with either leather or textile upholstery.
The legs are available in white-oiled or black-stained oak, while the upholstery comes in various finishes, from a naked shell to pigmented leather or wool in a broad range of colours.
The chair was presented at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan last month.
Hayón also unveiled a wingback armchair called Ro and a series of aluminium and terracotta outdoor furniture in Milan.
Here's some more information from &tradition:
Renowned for his whimsical drawings, CATCH is capturing Hayon's playfulness, while creating a comfortable, upholstered chair with a very light touch. The armrests extend from the padded backrest like literal limbs, ready to embrace you as you sit down. The wooden legs in stained or white-oiled oak adds a grace and lightness to the chair.
"Our collaboration with Jaime Hayon dates back to when the company was founded in 2010," says brand director martin Kornbek Hansen. But this is the first product to come out of the exchange between Hayon and &tradition, that started over a steak dinner. "It's a curious relationship," says Hayon of the collaboration with &tradition, "because I come from a very different ambience. I've always liked scandinavian design, but I never knew I'd end up designing for great companies in the north." The meeting of Hayon's mediterranean aesthetic with the heritage of the scandinavian craftsmanship has given rise to an innovative form. "It has been interesting to see how Hayon interprets and adapts his design to this tradition," says Kornbek Hansen.