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For a special edition of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Series 7™ chair and Dot™ stool, Danish design company Fritz Hansen teamed up with designer Leyla Piedayesh, the woman behind the successful fashion brand lala Berlin. The Tehran-born designer known for her creative mind and unique ability to interweave her Middle Eastern heritage and Berlin’s modern, bohemian ambience.
She reinterpreted the iconic Series 7 chair, and created a perfect match between the softest velvet in warm, elegant tones and powder-coated legs that complete the modern, monochromatic expression.
The lala Berlin x Republic of Fritz Hansen collection consists of a front-upholstered Series 7 in the colour ‘lala Barberry’ and a fully upholstered Series 7 and Dot™ stool in the colour ‘lala Caspian’.
Both the Series 7 and the Dot are upholstered in rich, comfortable and durable velvet produced by the Italian fabric house Dedar.
“Velvet brings back memories of my childhood in Iran and, above all, is comfortable and cosy. Taking this approach to a chair as iconic as the Arne Jacobsen Series 7 has been a great opportunity for me,” says Leyla. “The dark blue takes me back to midnights in the city of Isfahan, Iran, and the Cimmerian water of the Caspian sea, and when I see the burgundy shade, I can almost taste the barberries used in traditional Iranian cuisine. These two highly saturated shades are also widely used in the creation of Iranian rugs and can have the same mesmerising effect as an intricate rug pattern”.
The special lala Berlin x Republic of Fritz Hansen collection will be available from October 2017 to October 2018.
Photos: Republic of Fritz Hansen