When it comes to furniture and homewares, we always opt for the simple and clean look over anything more extravagant or busy. Needless to say then that we warmly welcomed the news that Danish design brand, HAY, opened a flagship store in Sydney’s Surry Hills late last year. If you haven’t checked out the Crown Street shop, it’s like a clean design wonderland spanning two floors, with many of the products on display to imitate an apartment; this makes it a tonne easier to picture everything in your own place.
HAY was founded in 2002 and started out creating functional yet attractive pieces of furniture which are made to last and come at an affordable price. Not long after establishing the brand they expanded into creating ranges of accessories and homewares too. Working with some of the world’s best designers means HAY can keep growing and making innovative, creative and unique pieces that would fit nicely into anyone’s home.
One of our favourite pieces from HAY is the AAC22 Chair from the About series by Hee Welling, an award winning designer whose creations always remain connected to his Scandinavian roots. Welling’s seminal chair is complemented by more pieces from the About series which has now expanded into bar stools, tables and more recently a sofa. It’s the simplicity of the AAC22 that makes it such an appealing piece, but it’s also really comfortable. Too often you see really beautifully designed, minimal chairs which you can’t really sit on for an extended amount of time. The best thing about HAY’s products, and Danish design in general, is that functionality is just as important as aesthetics.
When it comes to aesthetics though, your options are definitely not limited. This chair is fully customisable meaning you can choose to have it upholstered or not, pick from a range of colours and you can also decide between a black stained Ash or Oak base with choice of finishing. We left ours un-upholstered and went with a simple white shell with Oak base; it’s a nice, understated piece to keep in the the living room, bedroom or have multiples around the dining table.
HAY Sydney: 8 / 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills, 2010