Saturday, May 15, 2021


Sitting in a Giraffe

Danish furnishing brand Fritz Hansen is relaunching the Little Giraffe chair – so named because of its high backrest – which made its first appearance back in 1959.



Designed by Arne Jacobsen, the first Giraffe was created specifically for the restaurant at the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen – the very same hotel that housed Jacobsen’s the Egg, the Swan and other well-known chair designs. The Giraffe originally had a wooden frame outlining the shell and the base. Jacobsen experimented quite a bit – he even created a special version in leather on a star base as a gift for the hotel manager. This version he then developed into what we know today as the Little Giraffe, characterised by a lower back and a four-legged base. 
The Little Giraffe is designed for daily use in hotel lobbies, canteens, restaurants or meeting rooms but also works beautifully around any dining table at home. The chair is available with a removable fabric cover, which can easily be changed with a zipper. Among the many advantages of a removable cover are easy stain removal and cleaning. The cover is easily added: simply put the cover on the shell, zip it up and attach the seat cushion with Velcro. 
In addition to fabric, an array of leather is also available though it’s not removable like the fabric cover. The seat cushion offers a great degree of comfort whilst maintaining a look which pays homage to the original Giraffe.
The base for the Little Giraffe comes in two versions. One is a star base on wheels with an adjustable height, whilst the other is a fixed four-legged base. Both bases are available in satin polished or powder-coated aluminium in black. 
The Little Giraffe is now available at House of Fritz Hansen, on Soi Somkid off Ploenchit, Bangkok. 
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Published : May 28, 2019

By : The Nation