These were the first adult sized chairs I made – and the first of a set of 6 for the dining table.
These ‘evolved’ from a chair designed by Finnish designer Ilmari Tapiovaara, with a bit of Welsh chair and other influences. That’s the thing with design – nothing happens in isolation, nothing is absolutely new – especially when you are dealing with furniture, which has some fairly rigorous functional demands (or limitations) – it must be comfortable and/or serviceable. So basically – I absorbed images, ideas, designs – then shut all the photos, all the books, and started to draw a chair that ‘looked right’.
These chairs were made from some wood sourced from the ‘urban forest’ – I was given the wood by a friend – he slabbed the timber from a tree on his block and never got round to using it. The timber is allegedly turpentine – not a good choice. Turpentine is normally favoured for bridge timbers – resistant to rot, termites, and fire (classified as non-combustible!). It is heavy – too heavy for chairs – hard as glass, interlocking grain, and high silicon.
The chairs were ebonised with with a spirit stain and finished with a tung oil and polyurethane blend.
I am happy with these chairs. They are comfortable to sit in and I like the look of them. They feel good. Eventually, I will make some leather seat cushions for them – but they are pretty comfortable as it is.