A French feel
The design of the Allez chair alludes to the French city life and bistro culture that emerged in the late 1800s and has since become a popular way of life all over the world. In the wake of traditional bistro chairs, the very symbol of café culture, time has made space for a new generation of café-inspired chairs like the Allez. Allez gives a contemporary look and feel to the traditional café chair's soft idiom and constructive strength in terms of design, functionality and sustainability. The result is a flexible design that still nods to a bygone era but has now been adapted to suit even more environments and user scenarios.
It has taken several years of development for designer Simon Legald and Normann Copenhagen to create a chair that meets the expectations of a modern and flexible design and works both indoors and outdoors. The search for manufacturers with market-leading expertise led to Italy, where specialists were willing to commit to the ever-increasing requirements that Normann Copenhagen sets for a future bestseller.
The café chair's companion
The Allez series also includes a table consisting of a cast-iron base and a selection of various tabletops. Inspired by the classic café table, the choice of materials includes marble, which in addition to the 4 mm thin tabletop option in stainless steel is particularly suitable for outdoor use. The tabletop is also available in a choice of black or natural oak veneer and all tabletops are offered in circular or square.
The Allez table is characterized by sleek, elegant lines from all vantage points and a cylindrical cast iron 3 or 4-legged pedestal base discretely shaped to mimic the curvature of the Allez chair legs.
With its modern design and incredible ability to assume a wide range of expressions, Allez will form part of any intimate space for new, meaningful moments.
Simon Legald graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the summer of 2012. His work consists of both small- and large scale products. Simon’s designs are often created in a dialogue between craftsmanship and industry. He also likes to incorporate the techniques that are necessary for the structure of a product into the design by highlighting them visually.
“Honesty is what makes a product understandable and is what describes the products functionality. If you understand the product, it does not need any explanation. The essence of my design is for it to be bought and used. Therefore, it has to satisfy not only the functional aspects, but also the psychological and aesthetic needs. For me simplicity describes the true identity of objects and makes them trustworthy. In my design, I try not to add any unnecessary details. I work with simplicity by highlighting the necessities instead of hiding them. It gives the product a simple and honest expression.”