Discussing the role of innovation and sustainability in architecture and furniture design, Republic of Fritz Hansen and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) hosted a seminar at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York on November 30, as part of their Architecture + Design Roadshow taking place across three international design cities.
Denmark-based Fritz Hansen—celebrated for producing iconic Danish designs since 1872—collaborated with BIG in 2016 with the launch of the VIA57 lounge. Translated through the lens of the heritage furniture brand, the chair’s distinctive design boasts a dynamic, tetrahedral shape that evokes BIG’s VIA57 West building in New York.
Led by Christian Andresen, head of design at Fritz Hansen, and Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner and architect at BIG, the lecture surveyed sustainability’s critical role in the creation of icons and landmarks.
“Great design is deeply rooted within Danish design history, shaped by some of the world ́s greatest Icons,” says Henning Rosted, CEO of Americas, Fritz Hansen. “A heritage we are proud to pass on, but also one we need to keep relevant in time by honoring sustainability and innovative thinking. I’m personally very delighted to join forces with BIG on this tour, with whom we share many values, including the desire to create timeless design.”