The HAL chair shell shape developed from the Cork chair, which was designed for the 2007 Vitra Edition project, and certainly owed something to Kjaerholm’s beautiful PK 9. It’s probably the longest-running project we have ever developed, involving three years of development of the seat shell with modifications of shape and material to provide state-of-the-art sitting comfort.
There has been a continual addition of variations to the original offering of models and lengthy discussions with Rolf Fehlbaum and Eckart Maise concerning which ones we needed to add to the family. The ambition of the project is to create a family of chairs to cover the widest range of chair types and to meet the needs of as many seating situations as possible.
Extracted from A Book of Things by Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015)