Multi-talented artist Piet Hein is one of Denmark’s greatest natural treasures: a creative genius familiar to most, either by virtue of his ingenious ‘grook’ verse or from having dined while seated around one of his superellipse™ tables. The unique superellipse shape is also the basis for the PIET HEIN chair, designed by Piet Hein for the table of the same name, but which was never previously put into production. Sibast Furniture is now remedying this. In close collaboration with Piet Hein’s family, this Danish furniture maker is presenting the superelliptical chair for the very first time.
As was the case with the superellipse table, the PIET HEIN chair took almost a decade to develop, from the initial idea until the final piece of furniture was completed in 1968. Piet Hein, who was renowned for working on a wide variety of projects at the same time, developed the PIET HEIN chair on the basis of the superellipse, a shape that he originally developed for a combined city square and roundabout on Sergels Torg in Stockholm. Aided by mathematics, Piet Hein arrived at a harmonious geometric shape that he subsequently used in multiple contexts.