Ready to launch in early 2014, a sculptural wood chair by Tadao Ando for Carl Hansen & Søn signals what may be a new era for both. It is the Japanese architect's first design for production, and it is the furniture manufacturer's first collaboration with a non-Danish designer.
Sculptural as well as ergonomic, the Dream Chair is a work of art, and priced accordingly, from $4,995 for wood and from $6,050 with leather upholstery. But when one sits back and relaxes into its warm embrace, the chair takes on its intended function. The idea, explains Hansen, is that “it embodies Tadao Ando's desire to encourage people to take more time to dream.”