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.
Doshi Levien is a London based design studio founded in 2000 by Nipa Doshi (b. 1971) and Jonathan Levien (b. 1972). Doshi grew up in India and studied at the National Institute of Design, while Jonathan, who is from Scotland, trained in fine cabinet making followed by industrial design. They met while studying at the Royal College of Art. They have established a strong reputation for creating design that is both technically advanced and imbued with cultural resonance. They have been internationally acclaimed for their work and in 2008 were awarded the prestigious Future Legends of Design by the Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design in New York. Together, they bring to bear a complimentary set of skills to the projects they work on. Doshi is primarily concerned with visual culture, an aesthetic understanding of the world and the materiality of things, while Levien is more focused on industrial precision and technique. They have worked on projects for industry leading companies and institutions in the fields of furniture, fashion, homewares, technology and lighting. For HAY, they have created the Uchiwa Lounge Chair.