Zaha Hadid Design launches wood furnishings assortment Seyun with Karimoku

Zaha Hadid Design has unveiled its wood Seyun chairs and desk, which have been designed to “stand the take a look at of time”, on the historic Museo Bagatti Valsecchi throughout Milan design week.

It’s the worldwide launch of the gathering, which includes a chair, an armchair and a desk in several sizes, with the Seyun chair having beforehand been launched in Japan.

The Seyun chair has a particular form

The Seyun line was made by Japanese wood furnishings maker Karimoku for Zaha Hadid Design, with the 2 corporations working collectively on the gathering throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Nevertheless, its origins go additional again, with the venture having begun earlier than the premature passing of the studio’s founder, architect Zaha Hadid, in 2016.

“The design was developed on the time, so it was one thing she [Hadid] did see,” Zaha Hadid Design director Maha Kutay advised Dezeen.

“She would have seen the chair and it was one piece that she truly favored herself, that she was eager on getting produced.”

View of Seyun chair
It’s on present at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

Working with Karimoku was additionally a nod to Hadid’s fondness of Japan, Kutay added.

“I believe one of many first initiatives Zaha did was in Tokyo, she did an inside for the Monsoon restaurant, so she all the time had a gentle spot for Japan,” the director stated.

The Seyun chair is created from items of turned wooden, which depart a particular hole the place they meet.

Making the seat was “utterly completely different” from what Karimoku had completed earlier than, the corporate’s government vice chairman Hiroshi Kato advised Dezeen.

“The construction of the Seyun chair is totally completely different from conventional chairs,” he stated. “Within the case of conventional chairs, you have got two entrance legs, a seat and a backrest.”

“A Seyun chair is completely different, it consists of three uneven components,” he added. “We additionally understood that Zaha Hadid Design wished to create on a regular basis furnishings, so the chair needed to be sensible, snug and sturdy.”

The Seyun chair and armchair can be found with each pure and metallic color finishes. The metallic colors have been rigorously calibrated to protect the sample of the wooden.

Close-up of Seyun chair by Zaha Hadid Design and Karimoku
The chair is available in wooden and pure and metallic finishes

The desk, which is available in two sizes, has a equally distinctive design. The patterns of the smaller and bigger desk match, that means that they are often mixed as a modular design to create bigger items, akin to for places of work.

Based on the studio, the intention of the collaboration – which started with only one chair – was to create furnishings that may be appropriate for on a regular basis use.

“We’re trying on the on a regular basis chair, one thing that you should use in the lounge, which you can contact and really feel each day,” Zaha Hadid Design director Woody Yao advised Dezeen. “It isn’t like a chair sitting in a museum.”

“With this chair, it is all about one thing that’s licensed, that may stand the take a look at of time, not simply structurally however design-wise,” added Kutay.

The Seyun assortment could possibly be additional expanded sooner or later, in line with Zaha Hadid Design.

“I believe we see there’s a variety of potential with the design to increase right into a full assortment,” Kutay stated.

The images is by Luke Hayes.

Seyun – Zaha Hadid Design for Karimoku takes place from 18 to 23 April 2023 at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, By way of Gesù 5. See our Milan design week 2023 information on Dezeen Occasions Information for details about the various different exhibitions, installations and talks going down all through the week.