Hiromichi Konno : Design with your senses
Hiromichi Konno
Design with your senses
Segolene Dangleterre + Jill Porter, November 4, 2013
Hiromichi Konno_HK10 red_Fritz Hansen
Hiromichi Konno_HK10 red_Fritz Hansen


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Japanese designer Hiromichi Konno has created the RIN™ chair as part of Fritz Hansen's collection for 2009; an elegant and futuristic chair, designed to evoke emotions. "The first idea with the chair was that I wanted to make a beautiful chair that can stimulate and awaken emotions in people. It must be able to appeal visually but also make us feel a form of elegance when we sit in the chair." Say's Hiromichi Konno.


Hiromichi Konno_HK10 white w beige fabric_Fritz Hansen
Hiromichi Konno_HK10 white w beige fabric_Fritz Hansen


With its round shell and integrated arm rest, RIN is light, aesthetic and artistic. It invites you to sit in it for hours and at the same time takes the traditional chair design off into a new direction. "My chair should preferably radiate a sophisticated, simple beauty. I think that people will experience many different things when they sit in the chair; because a chair is not just a form. The most important element by far in furniture design is that it can create communication and emotions between people," expresses Hiromichi. Hiromichi Konno's inspiration for the RIN chair came from his curiosity surrounding the form of a birds nest and how something so practical and functional could be so beautiful!


Hiromichi Konno/HK10 light blue green black_Fritz Hansen
Hiromichi Konno/HK10 light blue green black_Fritz Hansen


This notion led Konno to design the chair through his senses rather than relying too much on knowledge and information." I wanted to design a chair like the way a bird creates her own nest. So I tried to design with more feelings and senses rather than relying on too much knowledge or information." The Japanese word RIN means an appearance that is stunning, elegant and courageous which encompasses the chair very well. Hiromichi Konno compares RIN to a single flower and the confidence and beauty it exuberates.

Hiromichi Konno/A825 black linoleum_HK10 black_Fritz Hansen
Hiromichi Konno/A825 black linoleum_HK10 black_Fritz Hansen


"A single flower would not look as gorgeous or luxurious as a bunch of flowers but its existence is very strong and real. It clearly shows the individuality, the true face of the flower. As it cannot disguise itself with other flowers, it has to look very confident and elegant."

Hiromichi Konno, born in 1972 in Fukushima, knew from a young age that he was destined to become a designer. Watching his grandmother for hours practicing Origami, the traditional Japanese art form of folding paper; Konno quickly recognized his fascination with design.

Hiromichi Konno/HK10 green_Fritz Hansen
Hiromichi Konno/HK10 green_Fritz Hansen


Hiromichi Konno/HK10 various colours_Fritz Hansen
Hiromichi Konno/HK10 various colours_Fritz Hansen


Following his dream, Konno has lived and worked as a designer in various European cities such as London and Umeå and is today one of the most sought after designers of modern times, particularly in Scandinavia.

Hiromichi Konno_HK10 black white_Fritz Hansen
Hiromichi Konno_HK10 black white_Fritz Hansen


"Hiromichi Konno has succeeded in making a new kind of chair combining both Japanese and Danish design traditions. The chair has a natural look and is very appealing and inviting. It's a totally new chair in Fritz Hansen's collection with its own personality; its fresh, young and sexy. " Says Bjørn Stegger, Design Director at Fritz Hansen.

Hiromichi Konno in HK10_RIN in white PP_Fritz Hansen
Hiromichi Konno in HK10_RIN in white PP_Fritz Hansen


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