Carl Hansen & Son has debuted Plico Chair by Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm; a foldable lounge chair whose light expression is a unique example of a simple and honest design that neither compromises on comfort nor aesthetics.
The idea behind the design was to create a chair that takes up as little space as possible when not in use while not compromising on comfort. Plico means 'to fold' in Latin and, despite its light exterior, the chair offers supreme comfort by virtue of its soft upholstery and features an adjustable backrest that can be completely folded. This ensures a degree of versatility rarely found in a lounge chair.
At first glance, the chair appears deceptively simple, but closer examination reveals an extremely detailed design. The frame is made of solid oak and the rear legs have a slight bend, giving the chair a soft rounding at the back. The high back version of the chair also has a neck cushion in linen canvas clamped with two straps in saddle leather which, combined with the flexible backrest, gives the chair an extra degree of comfort.
The Danish designer duo were masters at creating an honest design that beautifully highlights what other designers often seek to hide. With its visible joints, beautiful brass fittings and accomplished craftsmanship, the Plico Chair is a great example of this.
"The Plico Chair is an extremely versatile piece of furniture - not only in its function of being a foldable lounge chair, but also in its appearance, and it fits elegantly into the living room, the cottage, and the hotel room and lobby," said Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son. "It is a comfortable and cozy chair to sit in with a good book and a cup of coffee."
Photography: Courtesy of Carl Hansen & Son