The Alce collection by Chris Hardy, one of Australia’s most successful designers, is the latest addition to Missana’s current project, The Novelties, into which they have been adding at least one new product per month throughout 2016.
Missana’s latest release comes straight from Australia. The Alce collection has been developed by Chris Hardy, a designer who surprised with the marked aesthetics of his designs when introducing them to the brand specialized in upholstered designer furniture, Missana did not hesitate for a minute and decided to add Chris to The Novelties project as one of the leading designers of a country in which Missana is successfully present through their exclusive distributor Innerspace.
This new collection of unpolluted aesthetics is based on simple lines and rounded shapes, each component of the design is extremely different from the rest, but they complement each other perfectly following Chris Hardy’s initial ideas of individuality, simplicity and design customization to create a striking and attractive product. There are two components clearly differentiated in Alce, on the one hand we have the embracing back and seat and on the other hand the unique structure that surrounds the sofa, extremely different and individual elements that as its creator desired make perfect sense together and establish with their interlocutor a fluid conversation. Alce, as elegant as the animal that inspired it, is a comfortable and modern collection suitable for any contract project due to the great variety of different possibilities it offers in sizes, fabrics and metal finishings, a collection of sofas with an extraordinary personality, that clearly will be a break through in the international design panorama.
For Alce’s launching we have selected again one of the beautiful and unique fabrics by Febrik, in this case we have chosen the Beans collection in the colours grey and graphite, with their incredible textures give the final and perfect touch to the product. The fabrics combine perfectly with its metallic structure and its exclusive legs in the shape of an antler, to which the product owes its name, all lacquered in brass. Missana has managed to create an avant-garde and austere master piece, an striking and trendy product due to its incredibly attractive aesthetics, its color, textures and unique shapes. The scenography created for the occasion is designed to let the product shine, giving Alce all the protagonism and making a colorful wink to the item after which it has been named.
Chris Hardy Pty Ltd is an Australian design studio led by Chris Hardy, specialized in furniture and lighting design, Chris’s extensive and versatile experience never goes unnoticed in any of his creations and numerous projects. His designs arise from the customer’s need and grow with the aim of creating a great connection between the user and the product that goes beyond functionality, and makes them in the end emotionally attached.
Hardy has developed his capabilities in multiple design areas outside his studio. At the beginning of 2000 he spent several years in the research and development team at Caroma, a leading Australian manufacturer of bathroom products, where he designed the successful and well-known range of Cube sinks. Chris has also being a lecturer for over ten years in the Industrial Design Degree at the University of Canberra where he developed new insights into the user experience through extensive research in cognitive psychology in the fields of design and emotion. Today Chris also works as an interior designer for Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn, a leading Australian architectural and interior design firm. His youth, experience and wide portfolio are what caught the attention of Missana the most when considering him to be a part of The Novelties project, one of the most exciting challenges they have developed this year in this the first collaboration between Missana and Chris Hardy.
Missana has over 20 years of proven experience and an endless passion for the design and upholstery world, with a new acquired challenge of making real new ideas and innovative proposals from designers all over the world. Every product is traditionally handmade in the factory in Alberic, Valencia, (Spain). Missana’s products have been specified and used in many projects all over the world offering the most demanding audiences trendy and elegant pieces that are modern and contemporary at the same time, pieces that are perdurable over the years due to their durability and the use of noble materials in their production process.
Design: Chris Hardy | www.chrishardy.com.au
Photography: Cualiti | www.cualiti.com
Art Direction: Jiménez de Nalda | www.jimenezdenalda.com