traditional chair / teak / leather
BALLOON by Hans Olsen
The iconic Balloon lounge chair with its industrial look was the work of the highly acclaimed Danish architect, Hans Olsen, who designed the chair in the 1950s. The design of the lounge chair is raw, playful and embracing, appealing to the senses with exquisite suede, teak armrests and a light metal frame. Balloon will lend a touch of cosiness and lounge ambience to any area of the home, either alone or in the company of other furniture, whether modern or classic. The lounge chair does not take up much space, it is lovely to sit in and it will add a touch of sophistication to any living room, family room or study. In terms of craftsmanship, Balloon requires a huge degree of expertise. The suede is stretched over the frame and fastened to it at the back with laces – a beautiful detail. While the Balloon lounge chair has a raw, masculine look, there is also something feminine and charming about it.
The architect, Hans Olsen, whose experiments resulted in highly original designer furniture, originally designed the iconic Balloon lounge chair in 1955. Balloon was already popular in its day, and today vintage versions come up for auction all over the world. Like several of Hans Olsen’s designs, the nimble Balloon lounge chair features a playful idiom, uniquely capturing the spirit of the 1950s, when experimentation, courage and skill resulted in world-class furniture. Hans Olsen had an exceptional awareness of line, surface and colour. In his designs he was not afraid to combine classic values with humour. The Balloon chair has been specially selected for the Warm Nordic range as a tribute to iconic Nordic design that invests modern décor with invaluable diversity and depth.