The 1958 Drop Chair
Marking the duo’s second collaboration following a five year break, automotive designer MINI and Danish furniture powerhouse Republic of Fritz Hansen have once again come together to deliver an interesting rendition of the infamous Drop™ Chair.
Originally designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen as part of his masterpiece, the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the Drop™ chair “combines a warm embrace with freedom of movement, resulting in a surprising level of comfort.” Widely admired as an outstanding designer in many respects, Jacobsen’s furniture and other design work have since been marked as both national and international heritage. So through a shared knowledge from decades of leading their respective design fields, it comes as no surprise that another collaboration with an influential brand such as MINI was next.
As opposed to the usual Drop™ Plastic Shell, a fabric insert has been added to the design to simulate the seating of a classic MINI automotive interior. Constructed from high quality materials such as nappa leather and nubuck, the padded seating references that of an original 1959 hatchback and comes in two color variations – The Classic and The Modern.