Hot Seat: Artifort Nina

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Why We Love It

The beauty of the Nina chair lies in its versatility. Be it an open-concept dining area or an official boardroom, this contemporary design will fit right in, thanks to its streamlined rounded profile. Designed in 2000 and manufactured by Dutch company Artifort, it’s not just a look, too: its curved back envelopes the user, and makes one feel comfortable and snug when relaxing in this masterpiece.

Who Designed It

Trained in architecture and design, Dutch designer Rene Holten has created pieces that showcase clean, modern lines and embody a timeless quality. Similarly, Artifort is a storied brand renowned for its timeless designs. Holten’s first Artifort design was the Dodo chair in 1997 and, since then, their illustrious partnership has garnered numerous awards. Once Artifort’s head of product development, Holten now creates furniture and bathroom fittings under his eponymous design studio.

What It Inspired

The Nina armchair’s universal appeal has resulted in it being one of the most copied designs in Artifort’s collection. Its ergonomic silhouette was also revisited with Holten’s Shark chair for Artifort releases in 2011, which features an organic shape that resembles the predator. 

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