Time-honored craft meets cool minimalism in Hiro, a versatile chair for dining or occasional seating. The seat and back are fashioned from specially milled and sustainably sourced hardwood, with a custom pressed curve that cradles the body. The light but strong frame was designed with highly specific angles for exceptional comfort even for extended periods. Thoughtfulness and grace denote Peter De Jong's design, even to the rounded back handle.
- 33" h x 21" w x 22" d (83.8x53.3x55.9cm)
- Seat height: 17.5" (44.5cm)
Walnut, oak, maple
De Jong & Co.
De Jong & Co. couples spare modernism and an organic sensibility with sustainably sourced solid wood furniture and tabletop accessories, painstakingly handmade by skilled craftsmen in its downtown Los Angeles studio. “Our furniture is a result of viewing traditional forms through a contemporary lens,” says founding designer Peter De Jong. That nuanced aesthetic and dedicated craftsmanship—expressed in American solid woods such as maple, oak or walnut—results in pieces built to withstand trends, daily use and generations.
The De Jong siblings—Peter, a furniture-maker; Philip, an art director; and Ruth, a production designer for filmmakers such as David Lynch and Paul Thomas Anderson—crossed their respective careers in furniture making for the 2014 launch of De Jong & Co. Design. Production continues under Peter’s exacting eye, drawing on a remarkable scholarship that includes the nation’s top sculpture program in Richmond, VA, and apprenticing for two years with master Evan Lee, a disciple of Edward Barnsley, the legendary British Arts & Craft icon.
As Peter observes: “Whereas most of our designs look like they would be easy to reproduce and replicate, every single piece has at least one or two moves that make people go for a double take.”