HBF’s new Bao Collection won the Contract Bench/Stool category in Interior Design’s 2023 NYCxDESIGN Awards.
Informed by Alda Ly Architecture’s (ALA) ethos of inspired design-thinking and close attention to user experience, the Bao collection is designed for maximum comfort and usability. The first furniture collaboration between the API women-owned firm and HBF with a charming play on the Chinese word “bao”—a homonym for bun, bag, precious, and baby—this collection was conceived to bridge the gap between formal and informal, sedate and lively.
Its sculptural silhouette reflects the simplicity and sophistication of its construction—a graceful combination of craftsmanship and clean aesthetics. Bao offers a flexible seating solution unlike any other on the market and is a smart addition to office, healthcare, hospitality or public spaces. Inspired by the beauty of geometry, Bao brings together form and function to create a moveable pouf that is incredibly welcoming and emotive. The collection is available in six base archetypes—small, medium, large half-round, stacking, low loop handle and high loop handle—and two seat heights (lounge and work) to activate any space with its versatility.