Hug was designed as a patient chair, for the healthcare market carefully dimensioned to provide support and comfort for those recovering or their guests.
Our experience and knowledge in designing ergonomic task chairs has been incorporated into the form of the seat and back of Hug, to give the best possible support in a static four leg chair. In order to camouflage the highly technical contours of the chair it has been designed to be held within a crafted wooden frame of gentle curves and chamfers, referencing & updating it Scandinavian influence. The chamfers in the frame have been echoed into the upholstered back, providing the chair with a slim and elegant profile. The fineness of the frame belies its strength. Both high and low back versions have been tested to and passed BIFMA+20% strength and stability tests so that it can confidently survive in robust high use areas.
The most important aspects of the design were the sitting surfaces, their relationship with each other and the ergonomic benefits that they were required to provide. We constructed a number of seats and backs in blue foam to evaluate the comfort, creating a back that hugged the body around the lumbar region for the maximum support. The wood frame to support these surfaces was designed around them, prototyped a number of times, focusing on profiles that had a residential aesthetic instilling the frames with a hand crafted tactile quality by the use of flowing chamfers to give a lightness and elegance.