THE LATEST IN HAND CRAFTED MODERN STUDIO DESIGN
Our latest piece represents a supreme creative effort in modern style and sculpture. The goal was to design a chair that provides luxurious comfort and sensuous modernity. Working in the humble old world style of countless master artisans before us, this chair gradually took shape in our studio over a period of 6 months.
As designers, we draw from various styles and distill them into a single object. In Lounge Chair No. 3, the sensual whiplash curves of Art Nouveau and the organic simplicity of Danish Modern play starring roles. Borrowing from Art Deco style, Casein Ivory accents contrast with burnished Black Walnut. The result is a unique and profound work of art with multiple design histories.
THE SCULPTOR’S ART
Lounge Chair No.3 sets a high standard functional art. We cut and artfully arrange huge planks of black walnut, in their rough shapes. Then they are sculpted intuitively by eye and hand, without measured drawings. No two chairs are exactly alike.
We designed and shaped the form for the seat in our own workshop. We repeatedly tested and tweaked the form for maximum comfort. Six layers of carbon fibre are laid up and vacuum bagged. After curing, the shell is removed from the cast, then carefully trimmed to fit into the flowing wooden frame. Next, the over sized carbon fibre is chalked out to its final shape by eye. It is trimmed with high speed diamond cutters, then sanded. The raw edges are then coated with epoxy to finish it.
Hand stitched Italian leather is carefully fitted over the carbon fiber seat shell. Only 12 millimeters of high density foam cover the body formed carbon fiber. The combination offers surprising comfort and a sleek modern silhouette.
We sand the wood by hand to a very fine grit, then apply a hand rubbed blend of linseed oil, beeswax and tung oil. The upholstered seat is attached to its frame, and we affix the authenticity badge. Engraved in ivory with signature and the year, it is then highlighted with India ink in the ancient scrimshaw tradition. It is polished and inset into the leather.