Designed by Doshi Levien for HAY, the Dapper lounge chair represents the design duo’s distinctive fusion of industrial design, fine craftsmanship, storytelling and technology. Originally designed for use in a London university, Dapper has an extra wide backrest for comfort and optimal elbow support for laptop work. Its structural shape is formed by two moulded oak-veneered plywood shells with powder coated steel legs. Dapper’s shell comes in a variety of stained and lacquered oak veneers, fabrics and leathers, with the frame available in different variations of powder coated steel.
Founded in 2000 by Nipa Doshi (b. 1971) and Jonathan Levien (b. 1972), Doshi Levien is a London-based design studio that is known for creating bold pieces that are technically advanced, innovative and resonative of cultural influences. Doshi carries the visual idealism of the pair, where she probes at the materiality of things while seeking to gain new insight into the world via aesthetic understanding. On the other hand, Levien dives deep into the precision and technique of creation, perfecting the details that are often numerous albeit a simple silhouette. Together, the duo functions complementarily, working on projects for well-established companies and brands, gaining international recognition for their work in furniture, fashion, lighting, homeware and technology. They have also been awarded the prestigious Future Legends of Design by the Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design in New York in 2008.