In November, the long-expected exhibition illustrating the exclusive cooperation between Danish fashion brand Han Kjøbenhavn and Republic of Fritz Hansen opened to the public at Fritz Hansen Brandstore on Torstraße. Arne Jacobsen’s chair Grand Prix, a timeless and beautiful classic, featured as the centrepiece. It was designed in 1957, originally under the name Model 3130. When it was awarded the Grand Prix of the Triennial in Milan the same year, however, it was promptly relabelled.
In the context of Han Kjøbenhavn’s and Republic of Fritz Hansen’s cooperation, Han Kjøbenhavn have created a modern interpretation of the Grand Prix, with the chair’s back made from bent steel tube, and its legs from black bated oak wood. Oiled oak or, alternatively, walnut are available as seat materials.
“Danish design has always been a source of inspiration for our work. The possibility to cooperate with Fritz Hansen and to re-interpret one of Arne Jacobsen’s award-winning designs was a fascinating challenge we enjoyed a lot. Jacobsen, of course, was a classic master of his craft. So, naturally, we approached the task with great respect. It was of similar importance for us to show our own phrasing and breathe new life into the chair as well as to preserve the timeless expression of the design–a tightrope experience that was not easy at all times.” explained Jannik Wikkelsø Davidsen and Tim Faith Hancock, founders and owners of Han Kjøbenhavn.
To top if off, the labels iGNANT, This is Jane Wayne and Stil in Berlin had also been asked for new interpretations of the Grand Prix, and came up with charming little feats: iGNANT produced a video which wonderfully depicts the chair’s pliability. Stil in Berlin equipped the Grand Prix a cuddly white woollen dress in view of impending Berlin winter.
While This is Jane Wayne initiated a lively happening: Visitors scratched their names into a Grand Prix`s wooden parts and their polaroid portraits were posted on a Grand Prix-pin board. The installations are currently on show at Fritz Hansen Brandstore by minimum. Drop by! It is worth the while.
Fritz Hansen Brandstore
Torstraße 140 in 10119 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 240 477 370
All photographs: © Nils Krüger 2014