THE DESIGNER BEHIND FRIENDS & FOUNDERS COLLECTION 

 

THE FRIENDS & FOUNDERS COLLECTION OF FURNITURE AND OBJECTS IS DESIGNED AND
DEVELOPED BY ONE ARTIST 

THE SWEDISH ARCHITECT AND
DESIGNER 
IDA LINEA HILDEBRAND.
THIS UNIQUE APPROACH GIVES THE COLLECTION A STRONG CHARACTER AND DISTINCTIVE DIRECTION AND EXPRESSION OF THE DESIGN . IDA LINEA HILDEBRAND IS THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT FRIENDS & FOUNDERS. THE STUDIO IS BASED NORTH OF COPENHAGEN
  IN A CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE UNIVERSE OF FRIENDS & FOUNDER S’ WORK EVOLVED.

THE TIGHT COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE TWO FOUNDERS – IDA AND RASMUS HIDEBRAND –

IS ESSENTIAL WHERE THEIR DIFFERENCES IN
EXPERIENCES CONTRIBUTES IN VARIOUS WAYS.
IDA LINEA´S WORK IS INFLUENCED BY  GEOMETRIC SHAPES AND STRONG SILHOUETTES. HER STRIVING FOR THE PERFECT BALANCE IN THINGS AND HER NATURAL
  SENSE FOR MATERIALS, COLOURS, SHAPES AND
DETAILING CHARACTERISE HER DESIGNS.
CONTEMPORARY DESIGN WITH A STRONG
FOCUS ON CRAFT.

HER TECHNICAL BACKGROUND IN COMBINATION WITH HER PHILOSOPHIC OBSERVANCE OF LIFE CREATES
INTERESTING RESULTS WHICH STANDS OUT IN A
NATURAL CONFIDENT WAY.

 

LA PIPE &
THE FAMILY

Designing a CHAIR

The chair LA PIPE was first introduced at the 2014 Stockholm Furniture Fair, presented as an ongoing project. The dining chair was not 100% ready – it was even missing a frame – but it was important for us to show the outside world what we were thinking about moving in a new direction, towards upholstered furniture. This new line of organic, soft seating was a refreshing contrast and natural extension to our
existing portfolio which is expanding each year. 
The original idea for LA PIPE wasn’t even close to the final product. The way it was created was not a typical process for the designer who usually sticks to her
original thoughts and lines. In this case the idea of LA PIPE started as sketches of a wooden chair made in steam-bended wood. The wooden shape was the
actual outline of the chair and an extended line in the back would form the legs. The idea was for a more open and transparent form, but those thoughts were soon changed.
  In the middle of the process an even more interesting shape appeared in between the lines. A solid, closed form came to life as Ida Linea found that the characteristic shape of the outline would be more clear when adding surfaces and legs suppor ting the shell instead of being a par t of it. It turned out to be a vital turning point of the procces and development of LA PIPE.
The LOUNGE version of LA PIPE has the same
conceptual theme as the dining chair. Yet, the lounge chair has its own obvious and clean expression. 
The shell meets the ground instead of being supported by a frame. The tailored seat becomes more integrated with the complete form and the organic, enclosed shape embraces you. Realizing LA PIPE was an interesting process for the designer behind the creation, Ida L. Hildebrand. “There are big challenges in making an
organic piece of soft furniture if you wish to maintain the expression, without compromising on comfort or on what is technically possible to produce”.

  Too often people give up the original idea as the
devolopment process itself, the finances or deadlines take over the control of the finished product. In those cases the compromises end up being visible features of the product, which a trained eye can discover,” says Ida.
We like to think of LA PIPE as a good example of how Friends & Founders sees an unwillingness to
compromise as part of our brand. For us that means being true to the original concept while obtaining the perfect balance between design and comfort. 
The
design of the chair is also interesting from a technical standpoint. Its curved 3D shape makes it amazingly strong and therefore possible without reinforcement. That means reduced weight and material-use, benefits from the perspectives of sustainability as well as
function.
LA PIPE SERIES – THE COLLECTION FEATURES A NEW SOFT LOUNGE CHAIR, A DINING CHAIR, COUNTER CHAIR AND BAR STOOL.
   

The name La Pipe would conjure parts gathered together to create a functional whole, like a tobacco pipe. Every component serves a valuable purpose. The silhouette of the chair “the piping” has striking similarity to the shape of a well-crafted, handmade pipe. 

 

HILDEBRAND
& BJØRN

 The making of STAND OUT / Coathanger 2018 

 For the first time in the history of Friends & Founders an external designer has been involved in the process of making a new creation – a joint project by Ida L. Hildebrand and the newly graduated, Danish designer Katrine Bjørn. The new STAND OUT coat stand compliments the existing collection of  TANGENT hangers and continues in the style of design that has characterized our work and development of the KNOCKOUT family. Its materials have been selected to harmonize with the existing portfolio.     The coat rack is a freestanding piece where the thin-lined geometric metal construction balances on a solid marble base.

The collaboration between the two designers was a surprisingly smooth experience. The Creative Director was impressed by Katrine´s ability to absorb and apply the DNA of Friends & Founders design and philosophy. 


   

I HAVE A PASSION FOR
OBJECTS THAT CAN BE FUNCTIONAL AND SCULPTURAL AT THE SAME TIME.” 

– Ida L. Hildebrand