Odd Double Chair Encourages Eye-Gazing, Soul-Searching
At the end of a long day, there is nothing better than a warm hug. The Hug double chair from designer Gabriella Asztalos is meant to replicate that comforting feeling – as best as a piece of furniture can, anyway. Using simple yet powerful forms, Asztalos took the concept of two enveloping arms and translated them into a soft, comfy chair meant for two.
The “arms” wrap around, forming a pseudo-circle that terminates in a seat at each end. Two sitters share the overhead space, uniting them for a moment in a space completely removed from the rest of the world.
Being brought together this way, the sitters naturally feel a sense of connection and intimacy. The very natural “hug” shape facilitates a type of communication that ordinary side-by-side seating could never match.
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“The Hug Chair is a unique eye-catching design with high comfort factor, contemporary features, emotional appearance, exceptional quality craftsmanship and durability. This exclusive chair design is the winner of the Singapore International Furniture Design Award 2011 and the New York International Contemporary Furniture Design Competition 2011.”
“The Hug Chair is handcrafted and available in three versions: – White Lacquer, – Black Lacquer and Walnut Wood. The Black and White version is more contemporary and the Walnut Wood is more of classic style. All editions are upholstered with top quality real leather and the colour of the leather can be chosen to be any shade you wish. The chair stands on a stainless-steel base that can fully rotate.”
About Gabriella Asztalos
“Gabriella Asztalos was born in Budapest, grew up and studied in several countries across Western Europe. Before her design studies, Gabriella was a professional classical ballet dancer. This experience gave her the advantage of knowing exactly how to express emotions, feelings or state of mind through body forms, shapes and movements.
Her first, multi-award winning design, the ‘Hug Chair’ also emerged from an expressive human movement – the ‘Hug’. With this design Gabriella won the ICFF New York Design Award and the IFFS International Singapore Furniture Design Award. These events brought great interest in her next designs and also further awards for her following works. Gabriella founded her design studio in 2010, which is based in Barcelona with global exposure and costumers worldwide.”