Atlanta-based industrial designer Chris Hardy, who made his design debut at Salone del Mobile in 2011, created the sculptural Helix Coffee Table (2012) for DWR. He gave it an odd number of legs and positioned the brass castings to radiate out from the center, resulting in a distinctive asymmetrical form that looks different from every angle. “For Helix, I was inspired by the challenge of personalization in the modern world, and the increasing desire that we have to own objects that match our own styles and philosophies – in the way that art does,” explains Hardy. Made by hand, the cast brass base has a natural finish that’s soft and not highly polished; minor pitting and irregularities in the brass are typical of the casting process and are not defects. Thick and durable, the annealed glass tabletop is slowly cooled in a kiln to relieve internal stresses after it’s formed. Leveling glides adjust for uneven floors. Simple assembly required; no tools necessary. Base made in India; tabletop made in U.S.A.
Born in Houston, Chris Hardy went on to pursue an education in design, receiving a bachelor's in fine arts from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, followed by a master's in design from The School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After returning to the U.S. in 2009, he began his career as a freelance designer, collaborating on industrial and graphic design projects. Hardy made his furniture design debut at Salone del Mobile in 2011.
"In my design work, I aim to develop pieces that can be connected with on an emotional level," says the Atlanta-based designer. His work is "inspired by the challenge of personalization in the modern world, and the increasing desire that we have to own objects that match our own styles and philosophies - in the way that art does."
Hardy has collaborated with a wide range of clients, including interior design firms, retail stores, furniture and lighting manufacturers and design publications. He has developed furniture and lighting collections for both commercial and residential sectors, working closely with engineers and manufacturers alike. Read more >