Tadao Ando’s Dream Chair Riffs on Wegner
Danish craftsmanship and Japanese design traditions join forces with the Dream Chair, a collaboration between Tadao Ando and
Carl Hansen & Son
. The Dream Chair is Ando’s tribute to Hans J. Wegner and, like Wegner, the Japanese architect explores material possibilities by pushing the boundaries of what is structurally possible. The chair is made of three-dimensional plywood curved along two axles during the molding process. Ando and the cabinetmakers at Carl Hansen & Son pushed the size and curvature of the plywood sheet, resulting in a sculpturelike piece that appears to float in midair.
“Ando was given free rein for this project. We did not in any way want to limit this creator’s freedom to produce something great and different,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son. “Together we have challenged–and possibly reached–the limits of what is possible to achieve with plywood. Ando has succeeded in producing a unique chair that visually and technically challenges our perception of a lounge chair.”
The Dream Chair is available in oak or walnut without upholstery, or with fabric or leather upholstery on the front side and an adjustable neck support.