HAY was founded in 2002 with the ambition to create contemporary furniture with an eye for modern living and sophisticated industrial manufacturing. Rolf and Mette Hay, the husband-and-wife duo behind the company, both grew up in the Danish countryside. Rolf began his career working for various design companies in Denmark, while Mette’s parents ran a design store. In 2000, the couple met while working at a Danish furniture brand before founding HAY, when Mette was 23 and Rolf 33 years old. They live in Copenhagen with their two children.