Co Chair, Non-Upholstered
Products by Norm Architects
Founded in Copenhagen in 2008 by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, Norm Architects specialise in residential architecture, commercial interiors, industrial design, photography and art direction. The name, Norm Architects, reflects the group’s emphasis on the importance of drawing inspiration from norms and traditions within architecture and design – particularly the Scandinavian design principles of timeless aesthetics and natural materials, and the modernist values of restraint and refinement. Guided by these principles, Norm Architects produce a design that unites materials and craftsmanship, while embodying beauty, history and, most importantly, timeless simplicity, where there is nothing more to add or take away. Today, the group regularly collaborates with MENU, helping to drive the evolution of the brand and its product offerings —imbued with the same intrinsic quality as Norms creative direction: a simplicity that carries bigger ideas. Lead by the body and mind rather than by trends or technology, their projects explore ideas that not only look good but that also feel good: architecture becomes thoughtful, minimalism acquires softness and visual matter assumes haptic qualities.
Situated in one of the oldest streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, they respect their context and build on the traditions of Modernist principles of restraint and refinement. Through exploring what it is that heightens the human senses regardless of personal preference, our projects strip spaces, objects, ideas and images back to their simplest form. "Our expertise lies in finding the balance—when there’s nothing more to either add or take away."
Co Chair Collection
The design’s versatility is the result of a thoughtful construction and a wide array of materials: the Co Chair is easy to customize to create the desired expression and experience. Distinguished by a wide veneer back, the chair’s proportions allow freedom of movement and provide maximum comfort.
Together, mutually, in common: the words that define the prefix ‘co-’ are at the heart of our new Co Chair design. Conceived in collaboration with The Office Group and Norm Architects, the multifunctional chair adapts to a wide range of needs and interior styles.
Founded in 2003 by Charlie Green and Olly Olsen, The Office Group (TOG) is a leading provider of design-led and flexible offices, meeting rooms and co-working spaces for startups, small businesses, and larger, more established businesses. TOG allows members to work across multiple locations and enables companies to grow, downsize or exit a space quickly and cost-effectively. TOG is focused on creating inspirational workplaces with a genuine sense of community, as highlighted by the inclusion of spaces such as libraries, screening rooms, cafés, gyms and gardens. As TOG expands its portfolio and client base, the company remains focused on continuing to define innovative ways to address how people wish to work.
Our Co Chair series proves that comfort doesn’t have to come at the cost of beauty. Equal parts elegance and ease, its graceful minimal, modern frame and supportive, angled backrest make sitting a pleasure—for however long it lasts. The new Co Lounge Chair continues the collection’s legacy, combining steel, woodworking and upholstering skills and unexpected comfort to create an iconic chair for relaxation that fits seamlessly into any setting. It addresses the space and design challenges shared by spaces both private and public, making it as appealing in homes as in shared areas like conferences, boardrooms, and touch-down co-working lounges.
The Co Chair’s slender yet robust powder-coated steel frame defines the intriguing geometric silhouette – and delivers high durability. Optional veneer armrests adding another aesthetic and functional dimension, serving both for added comfort and for suspending the chair off the floor for easy cleaning.
Drawing on The Office Group’s extensive knowledge of workplace needs, the Co Chair pairs a lightweight, sleek profile with great seating comfort – and the option to stack up to 10 chairs in a compact tower. Aesthetically, the design’s contoured form and warm materials bring Norm Architects’ signature, human-centred minimalism to residential and hospitality applications.