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Design by Doshi Levien, 2016

Designed by Doshi Levien for HAY, the Dapper lounge chair represents the design duo’s distinctive fusion of industrial design, fine craftsmanship, storytelling and technology. Originally designed for use in a London university, Dapper has an extra wide backrest for comfort and optimal elbow support for laptop work. Its structural shape is formed by two moulded oak-veneered plywood shells with powder coated steel legs. Dapper’s shell comes in a variety of stained and lacquered oak veneers, fabrics and leathers, with the frame available in several different variations of powder coated steel.


  • Lounge chair with moulded oak-veneered plywood shells and powder coated steel legs.
  • Originally designed for institutional use.
  • Extra wide backrest for comfort and elbow support for laptop work.
  • FSC™-certified.
  • Variety of textiles, colours and base finishes.
  • Suitable for a wide variety of private and public environments.
  • Qualified for contract use


Width: 70 cm x Depth: 65 cm x Height: 74,5 cm. Seat Height: 43 cm. Seat Depth: 48,5 cm


  • Shell: 10 mm moulded plywood with oak veneer with upholstery on seat and backrest. 30 mm thick foam.
  • Base: Steel legs.
  • Glider: Plastic. Standard on all variants. Suitable for all floorings that are not too sensitive.


  • Felt gliders for wooden floors.
  • CMHR foam (fire retardant).


25 mm welded metal frame with upholstered plywood seat and backrest. Please note that the upholstered shell is fixed, so the end users cannot change it.

Colour & Finish


  • Black powder coated steel
  • Dusty grey powder coated steel


  • Black water-based lacquered oak
  • Dusty grey water-based lacquered oak
  • Water-based lacquered oak

About the designer

Doshi Levien is a London based design studio founded in 2000 by Nipa Doshi (b. 1971) and Jonathan Levien (b. 1972). Doshi grew up in India and studied at the National Institute of Design, while Jonathan, who is from Scotland, trained in fine cabinet making followed by industrial design. They met while studying at the Royal College of Art.

The designers established a strong reputation for creating design that is both technically advanced and imbued with cultural resonance. The duo has been internationally acclaimed for their work and in 2008 were awarded the prestigious Future Legends of Design by the Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design in New York.

Together, they bring to bear a complimentary set of skills to the projects they work on. Doshi is primarily concerned with visual culture, an aesthetic understanding of the world and the materiality of things, while Levien is more focused on industrial precision and technique. They have worked on projects for industry leading companies and institutions in the fields of furniture, fashion, homewares, technology and lighting. For HAY, they have created the Quilton Collection, Uchiwa and Dapper.

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