VIA57 by Bjarke Ingels & KiBiSi for Fritz Hansen
Updated: Jan 27, 2020
VIA57 is any type of seating furniture you want it to be. With its adaptive and inventive design, VIA57 is the ultimate chair for the modern lifestyle, allowing you to reconfigure it to suit individual needs: create a small sofa for intimate conversations, expand it into a sprawling lounge area with a welcoming atmosphere, or just let the chair stand out on its own as a beautiful sculpture that doubles as a seat.
‘For the first time in many years, we have designed a piece of furniture, with an architect who normally creates buildings. This is in line with some of our classic products from the past, including our collaboration with Arne Jacobsen. In its shape, the VIA57 chair is a meeting between Scandinavia and America. Bjarke Ingels and KiBiSi have succeeded in merging the American lounge chair with minimalist organic Scandinavian design, and we are extremely happy with the result,’ says Christian Andresen, head of design, Republic of Fritz Hansen.
Just as the VIA57 West building casually leans into the Manhattan skyline, the VIA57 chair has a laid-back feel that will add an element of ease to its surroundings. At first sight, the look is engaging and inviting. Once seated, users will appreciate its calm and comfortable embrace. They can position themselves on any of the three sides, remaining open to interaction, approachable by anyone in the room. In addition to its modular functionality and multiple settings, VIA57 has a powerful visual appeal that makes it the centre of attention. The design expression softens the traditional lines of a room and offers uncompromising comfort.