The Lui chair was designed for the newly renovated assembly hall at the University of Bergen. 10 design offices where invited and submitted their proposals for the new University chair where the Lui concept was crowned as the winner.
The shape of the chair is directly inspired by the large windows that dominated most of the walls in the building. Besides the name Lui has strong references to the classic Louis XV chair, with its oval back and square seat. Only here, used the other way around.
The seat and backrest have a sense of floating in the air, with only a point of tangency linking them together. The round seat gives the chair a light and playful character and is a nice contrast to the more rigid and formal backrest. Since the auditoriums main function is to accommodate large events, great focus has been placed on designing a chair that contributes to a neat and calm picture of the space. When the hall is fully furnished, the mass of more than 400 chairs create neat rows from the rectangular backrests, the personal zone formed by the round seat only becomes evident when you go to sit down.
Production wise, the goal was to draw an ergonomic, versatile chair that fulfills all the requirements for the auditorium. To ensure a optimal and consistent acoustic levels in the room, the chair is designed to have the same sound absorption capacity as a person in the audience. To allow for a flexible use of the room, the chair has excellent stackable properties, allowing for easy storage in a limited space. A chair and barstool in wood was developed for the cafeteria on the 2nd floor.
Client - UiB
Producer - Offecct