We are delighted to release a new opus "Iconic" under the sign of the reissue. Indeed, the Danish furniture manufacturer Hay, in collaboration with the historic manufacturer Dietiker, brought out on April 5 the Rey Collection designed by the Swiss designer Bruno Rey in 1971. The line is revised to meet current standards and enriched new colors. A very great joy because the apparent simplicity of its forms and its palette of colors enchant us. Guaranteed uccess ...
Originally, the chair was called Model 3300 to later be known as Rey. The most famous Swiss chair of all time has sold more than one million five hundred thousand copies in fifty years, furnishing both residential spaces and communities. Made of Swiss beech wood, its particularity lies in its assembly without screws. It will be patented and produced in series from 1971 by the Swiss furniture manufacturer Dietiker. In Bruno Rey's design, the chair legs are connected to the self-supporting round seat by means of a bonded aluminum console that was still handcrafted in its early days. In 1989, the invention of aluminum die-casting then allowed the industrial production of the chair in large series.
The rounded edges and the curved backrest inspired by Thonet, as confessed by Bruno Rey, mark the singularity of the design. From the outset, the chair was available in a raw or upholstered version. Rarely used on its own, it usually accompanies dining tables. Its concept will be declined in stool, bar stool and various tables (meal, pedestal table and coffee table). In 2014, the chair and the table were also produced in a junior edition. The solidity and rounded edges of these very stable models are ideal for use by children.
Launched in April 2022, the collaboration between Hay and Dietiker has enabled the complete collection to be reissued, enriched with new colors and new dimensions. All models keep their initial silhouette and the screwless production process is maintained, but their dimensions have been updated to meet the demands of the contemporary lifestyle. The original color palette is retained and enriched with new tones and upholstery fabrics selected by Hay from the Danish fabric manufacturer Kvadrat.
“ To me, the Rey Chair is very honest. It has a few simple components, but is put together in an innovative way that makes it very robust. It also has generous proportions, so it's both comfortable to sit on and beautiful to look at.” Rolf Hay
The collection is available with nine finishes, from varnished wood to lacquered colours.
The chairs and bar stools are available in an upholstered version with Kvadrat's Steelcut fabric.
chait 44 x 49 x ht 80 cm
stool ø 46,5 x ht 46 cm
side table ø 66,5 x ht 60 cm
dining table ø 128 x ht 74,5 cm
Bruno Rey (1935-2019)
Bruno Rey was born in 1935 in Brugg, Switzerland. After an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, he studied at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich, where he took lessons from the pioneer designer Willy Guhl, known worldwide for his 1954 Loop Chair. he interior designer Paul Sumi worked for four years on the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva and then became a co-founder of the Swiss Design Association. In 1968, he opened his own studio, working on the design of his famous chair for Dietiker which would make him famous. Their collaboration will extend from 1970 to 1984. At the same time, he signs models for the German Kusch+Co.
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