Scandinavian furniture design is known and loved around the world, and HAY is no exception. Although this Danish label is still young, it has long since conquered our hearts. Its philosophy is to offer high-quality furniture at a fair price and to use well-known masterpieces as inspiration for its contemporary designs. Read here to learn more about this manufacturer, including its affiliated designers and much more. Of course you can also browse and order HAY furniture online at AmbienteDirect.
The goal of HAY is to breathe new life into Danish furniture from the 1950s and 1960s. During this period, Denmark was considered the world leader in designer furniture. In addition, the look, comfort and price must also be right – this is especially important to Rolf Hay. Find out more about him and the other creative minds behind this prestigious brand.
Contrary to expectations, Rolf Hay's first brush with classic Danish designer furniture didn't take place in his home country. He actually discovered it at the IMM furniture fair in Cologne, Germany. He was working in a Danish pine furniture store in Hanover, which was why he visited the exhibition in the first place. Rolf Hay was so enthusiastic about the designer furniture from his home country that he wanted to find out all about it. Peter Biehl, the former agent for the designer furniture brand Montana, became his tutor. Rolf Hay's journey then led him to the design companies Gubi and Paustian in Copenhagen, where he continued his apprenticeship. He also met his future wife at Gubi – the couple now manages the creative side of the business, while the commercial aspects are the responsibility of Troels Holch Povlsen, owner of the successful Danish fashion brand Bestseller. Hay and Povlsen first met on a job furnishing a house. Chance, luck or destiny? Povlsen liked Rolf Hay's interior design ideas so much that he was determined to establish a furniture brand with him. In 2002, they founded the company HAY in Horsens, Denmark. Just one year later, the first HAY furniture collection was presented at IMM in Cologne. Rolf Hay's interior designs reflect the essentials; designer names and a holistic concept are less important to him. Instead, he largely focuses on the products themselves, which should be comfortable, durable and affordable – simply made for people!
Of course, visual appearance also plays an important role for the founder of HAY. It doesn't matter to him whether a good design comes from an established star designer like Ronan Bouroullec or a young no-name talent. If the design object is well-made, comfortable and affordable, it becomes a HAY product – regardless of who created it. Discover furniture from various designers in our online shop, for example:
From furniture to accessories, HAY offers almost everything you need for a successful interior design:
Anyone who gets to know this Danish company will discover numerous famous creations. Some of its products are already true designer classics:
There is lots to discover in the AmbienteDirect product range, including interior fittings, outdoor furniture, lamps and decorative designer pieces from the HAY brand. In addition, you will get to know its stylish collections and promising partnerships:
By the way, anyone planning a trip to Denmark can admire the furniture brand's collections and products at HAY House. This duplex building acts as a showroom and reflects the Scandinavian label's down-to-earth style. It mixes traditional and modern elements, foregoes a shop window and makes up for this with a welcoming and appealing atmosphere. The company also has its own stores worldwide. In addition, the HAY designer pieces are distributed by various dealers, including AmbienteDirect. You are welcome to visit our store at Lenbachplatz 3 in Munich, or alternatively you can order your favourites conveniently from our online shop!