|Acre chair, 2021||Michael Young has joined forces with New Zealand design company Città to release the innovative Acre chair.
Michael describes the design as a “classical chair” with an emphasis on quality ergonomics. The versatile product has a true and timeless form, allowing it to sit within a range of settings.
“The Acre chair came about from my first trip to New Zealand,” says Young. “I was invited to spend a wonderful weekend with the owners of Città, Margot and Alastair Acland. We turned out to be very like-minded people and, along with Città’s in-house design team, we concluded we wanted to create a chair that could be used in both commercial and residential spaces.”
The brief for the design was born from collective conversations between Young’s studio and Città’s Auckland-based furniture designers, David Moreland and Nikolai Sorensen.
The finished product allows you to choose between an outdoor-friendly eco-plastic chair or the alternative version that combines eco-plastic legs with a 3D-formed plywood seat. There are also three colours across the range: black, brick red or natural.
The eco-plastic considers the chair’s environmental impact by using a low-carbon material derived from renewable sources. Straw fibre makes up around 30% of the composition and gives the chair a subtle speckled finish.
Alternatively, the wooden seat is made from 3D-formed plywood. “This is incredibly complex to produce,” explains Young. “There are only a handful of production opportunities available globally.”
The collaboration has taken more than four years to bring to life. Both Young and Città are thrilled with the form and versatility of the completed product.
“The organic, fluid lines of the chair are a trademark of the Michael Young aesthetic and this beautifully executed piece of design is no exception,” says David Moreland, Città’s head of furniture and design. “Working with Michael’s studio on this project was an absolute pleasure and we are delighted with the result.”
The chairs have been rigorously tested and, despite their visually light aesthetic, they are virtually indestructible. “They will live with you for years to come, which is something I’m very proud of,” says Young.
Project Lead: Ben McCarthy
Project Designers: Ben McCarthy, Alex Nacrour