The softness and warmth of the quilted shell modifies the executive weight of the AAC Soft 53 chair, bringing a welcoming expression to the otherwise functional and technical genre of office chairs. Retaining the same curved shell and unified silhouette that characterises the entire series, the design features a five-legged castor base with a gas lift that can adjust the seat height by a range of 14 cm. The base is available in polished or powder-coated aluminium, and the shell is offered in a variety of upholstery options, providing a multitude of design combinations that give the chair versatility in a wide range of corporate, public, and private contexts.
Hee Welling is a Danish furniture designer who founded his own studio in Copenhagen in 2003. Welling has received a number of design awards, including the Bo Bedre Award (Denmark), Good Design Award (USA) and has been nominated as the Danish designer of the year in both 2013 and 2014. Welling is the son of a cabinetmaker, and his fascination with production techniques, materials and machinery was fired as a child. He went on to study at The University of Art and Design in Helsinki, and received his master’s degree in furniture design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (where he is also now a design tutor). His design ethos is centred around the idea of creating technically accomplished products that can reach a wide audience. His work is characterised by a great sense of proportion and quietly elegant looks. For HAY, Welling has designed the About A series and the Hee Chair, Lounge Chair and Bar Stool.