Lucy Kurrein founded her own design studio in 2013 and quickly established herself as one of the most sought-after young designers of recent years. She has been commissioned by an impressive range of international furniture producers and is particularly well-known for her innovative approach to upholstery. Kurrein designed a chair with a strong organic form in response to Johanna Ho’s brief for a piece of furniture that reflects the dynamism and diverse demands of everyday life.
25/7 is a chair that supports its user through the different scenarios of a day. It is a chair for relaxing, sleeping, working, eating.
The initial concept came from the brief set by Johanna Ho, based on her aim as a fashion designer to develop pieces that, because they are multi-functional and season-less, allow their users to save time and thus have ’25 hours a day’.
Working closely with her British counterpart Lucy Kurrein, the pair found they shared a mutual interest in strong, sculptural forms; exploring adaptability; and combining traditional craft with new materials. The end design is a multi-functional chair with a bold form, plenty of physical presence, one that looks and feels contemporary but with a nod to history, and that combines wood – that most traditional of materials – with new, technical fabrics.
The chair’s basic form took inspiration from sculpture, and the traditional English ‘lambing chair’ (origins unknown). One of the arm rests is a table for working or eating. The upholstered seat features Minotech – a soft, breathable and water-repellant fabric inspired by 19th century Japanese technique – which Johanna uses in her fashion designs. The head cushion is a rolled-up blanket that can be unfurled for use when sleeping or relaxing.
Dimensions: 650W x 540D x 920H mm
Design: PHVLO X Lucy Kurrein
Production: Joined + Jointed