03 Mar 2016 • Chairs
Bouroullec's Palissade collection for Hay refuses to be relegated to a fixed context
Danish furniture brand Hay joins forces with the mighty Bouroullec brothers for an outdoor furniture collection that can be imagined anywhere.
Hay’s collections are recognised for embodying functional and meaningful design, with an interwoven thread of eccentricity for versatile pieces of furniture. The latest offering from the Danish company is no different, and by collaborating with French designer duo Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, have created Palissade.
Demonstrating understated design punctuated with detailed craftsmanship, the outdoor collection features 13 furniture pieces. A range of sleek armchairs, dining-tables, lounge sofas and benches are constructed with curved metal slats affixed to a supporting structure through welding, realising the elegant yet utilitarian framework. The linear expression carries throughout the series for a strikingly graphic appearance which presents seating and tables which are solid as well as slender.
Before conceiving the collection, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec made the conscious decision to resist labelling a premeditated context where their product must exist. Despite the term ‘Palisade’ referring to a strong fence driven into the ground, this collection is ready to uproot and blend into a variety of outdoor environments without any boundaries. Whether seen in a café, restaurant, terrace, garden or balcony, the furniture would simply remain ideal for surviving out in the elements, with seating and table surfaces allowing water and wind pass through anatomically-designed slats.
The matte surface of the electro-galvanized steel is coated using outdoor powder available in anthracite, light grey or olive green pigments. With the array of muted colours to choose from, customers are free to insert chairs and tables into a wide range of public and private scenarios. By applying basic production techniques, Hay can offer Palissade for a reasonable price point, making the brand accessible to more than just the few designer-conscious high-flyers amongst us.
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Photos courtesy of Hay