2x Gold Award, Best of Neocon 2015 - Contract Magazine
Product Innovations Merit Award - Buildings Magazine
Best of Product Award - Architect's Newspaper
HiP Hospitality Lounge Finalist - Interior Design Magazine
Product's Innovation Award - Architectural Products Magazine
HBF, NC, USA (2015)
Cheval's design is inspired by love for the Dutch furniture of the fifties. During the post-war reconstructions materials were scarce and furniture had to be particularly functional, economical and durable. This lead to austere furniture without ornaments of which the beauty is defined by well thought-out and balanced form and proportion.
Cheval's uncomplicated rounded form and clean minimalistic design fits this tradition. With Cheval 'less is more' does not only originate from an effort to reduce unnecessary complexity but also from an increase of functionality. This is obtained by blurring the borders between fixed conventions. What appears to be a bench turns out to be a side table in a different setting. Or a coffee table, or even a low-buffet depending on the environment. Cheval is linkable. Individual use can convert into spatial configurations. The benches/ tables can be configured in many ways to suit your own choices. Cheval offers a lot more, with less.
At Neocon, the leading furniture show in Chicago, Cheval won 2x the Gold Award - Best of Neocon -, the Buildings Product Innovations Merit Award, The Architect's Newspaper's Best of Product Award, The Architectural Products Magazine's Product's Innovation Award and was Interior Design HiP Hospitality Lounge Finalist. It got a lot of media attention, among others;
- FM Architecture & Design News; "HBF hit the jackpot with three Gold Awards and two Silver in the Best of Neocon Competition. The Cheval collection garnered a Gold Award in both the 'Tables: occasional' category and the 'Seating: benches' category in the BON competition.
- Architect Magazine, the journal of the American Institute of Architects.
- Office Insight 'Cheval classically beautiful' (click for PDF).
- The Architect's Newspaper 'Cheval Visionary' (click for PDF)
- Contract Design Magazine 'Excellent concept, great design' (click for PDF).