In response to Fritz Hansen’s on-going Designer’s reflection upon the 3107, Myren Inden cites history as its origin point. The Ant chair was the first plywood chair to have a continuous seat and back. It’s characteristic silhouette is the result of this effort.
The 3107 is Jacobsen’s most popular chair, but its initial release flagged in sales until the publication of Lewis Morley’s photograph of Katherine Keeler in 1963. After which, sales for the 3107 took off internationally and hasn’t ebbed since. Keeler was ironically seated in a knock-off, yet the power of these two “forms” together: Keeler and Jacobsen’s design carried the day.
Knock-offs are major design industry issues and the 3107 is arguably the most knocked-off chair produced. The Morley photograph uses a knock-off with a knock-out within, showing a glimpse of Keeler’s torso. The Ant chair’s iconic silhouette is the knock-out within Myren Inden, referencing both the structural origin of the 3107 and the iconic Morley photograph that gave the chair global recognition. All of these notions are embodied within Myren Inden, hence the “updated” Morley shot presented here.
Myren Inden can be produced using similar methods Fritz Hansen uses for both the Ant and the 3107, albeit with a slight scaling adjustment. The rendered images shown are based on fully lacquered pieces with the “cut” section painted the complimentary color for visual effect.
Background photos courtesy of Fritz Hansen