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Elena Minguela
19 junio 2013

The Ro easy chair: Jaime Hayon and Fritz Hansen reinterpret Danish tranquility.

In Danish, Ro means tranquility – that Nordic way essence of minimalism used to express an entire concept. And this is the word Fritz Hansen and Jaime Hayon have used to baptise a new product – a reinterpretation of an easy chair usually called ‘orejero’ in Spanish (that’s ear-ish) due to its embracing high backrest. It was presented at the last Salone Internazionale del Mobile de Milán.

All about the iSaloni, in diarioDESIGN.

Fritz Hansen believes that, in today’s world, taking time to relax is pure luxury. This is why they decided to create a chair that encourages us to do just that – finding moments for ourselves in the bustle of urban life.

Ro is this and a whole lot more; it’s an armchair that permits one to sit, relax, change positions, read the newspaper and even work on a laptop or play with the kids. In short, it creates a ‘comfort zone’.

Armed with a brief that simply called for ‘a comfortable chair for one person’, the Spanish designer Jaime Hayon created one whose shape is inspired by the form of the human body. At the same time it is both cosy, contemporary and beautiful – «a slim and elegant chair that inspires relaxation and comfort.»

Ro is available in nine colours; three traditional tones (black, grey and brown), three brillant colors (violet, blue and yellow) and three softer shades (pale pink, sand and mint green). In order to create a more vibrant appearance, it is covered in two different textures; one for the structure and seat and the other for the cushions. This creates a contrasting expression of a ‘hard shell’ and soft, warm interior.

It’s an object that fits perfectly with a previous Hayon creation for the Danish firm – the Favn sofa – that was also featured in diarioDESIGN.

More about Fritz Hansen in diarioDESIGN.

More about Jaime Hayón in diarioDESIGN.

Photographs courtesy of Fritz Hansen.

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