The Dane Rolf Hay did not first come into contact with Danish design furniture classics in his home country, as one might expect, but in Germany at a furniture exhibition in Cologne. He was working in Hanover in a shop for Danish furniture made of pine wood and therefore visited the exhibition in Cologne. Rolf Hay was so taken with the design objects from his home country that he decided to engage himself in Danish design.
He found his mentor in Peter Biehl, former agent for the design furniture brand “Montana”. Rolf Hay continued his apprenticeship in the design companies Gubi and Paustian in Copenhagen. There he was so lucky to meet a special customer, for whom he wanted to design the entire interior of a house. This customer was Troels Holch Povlsen, owner of the successful Danish fashion brand “Bestseller”. Troels Holch Povlsen liked Hay's ideas for interior designs so well, he wanted to launch a furniture brand with him. And this is how Rolf Hay and Troels Holch Povlsen founded the company HAY in Horsens, Denmark, in the year 2002. The first HAY furniture collection was presented one year later at the IMM in Cologne, Germany.
It is HAY's goal to breathe new life into the Danish furniture from the 1950s and 1960s, for it is exactly during this period that Denmark was known as the country with the best designer furniture. Besides being well designed the HAY products were also supposed to be affordable. And here Rolf Hay did not think it important, if a great design came from an established star designer or a young, talented “no name”. If the design object is well produced, the price is favourable, and the piece of furniture is comfortable, it becomes a HAY product, no matter who the designer is.
In the meantime the company HAY owns three shops in Denmark and one in Norway. Additionally, HAY design objects are sold worldwide online by various retailers, one of which is AmbienteDirect.com.
All HAY products are kept simple and are modern design creations meant for everyday use. The Danish company carries a wide range of products. HAY offers not only furniture like chairs, armchairs, sofas, and tables, but also textiles such as bedlinen and carpets. Furthermore, the HAY collection includes accessories, like the Plissé Folder and the Wire Hanger Set of 5 pieces, which are also available at AmbienteDirect.com.
In our online shop you will find a very large selection of HAY design objects, like the famous About a Chair armchair, the simple DLM side table, the cosy Blow lounge chair, and the colourful Pinocchio rug. Welcome the beautiful and wonderful HAY design products into your home! At AmbienteDirect.com you are guaranteed to find that accessory by HAY you have been dying to get and that will give your living spaces that certain something.