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" Lounge Chair No. 3 "
American Black Walnut, Casein Ivory, Carbon Fibre, Italian Leather.
Comment & Technique:
My latest work represents a supreme creative effort in modern style and sculpture.
The goal was to make a chair that provides opulent comfort,
sensuous modernity and honours the rare materials from which it was formed.
Working in a humble old world style of countless master artisans before me,
this chair gradually took shape in my studio over a period of 6 months.
As a designer, I draw elements 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.
Art Deco furniture took the use of rare materials to extremes.
My approach utilizes similar elements but with a sustainable ethos.
Here Casein Ivory accents contrast with burnished Black Walnut.
The result is a unique and profound work of art with multiple design histories.
As an example of functional art, Lounge Chair No.3 sets a new standard.
Shaped from huge planks of black walnut, I cut and artfully arrange them in their rough shapes.
Then in the manner of Sergio Scaglietti, I shape the material intuitively by eye, without measured drawings.
The carbon fiber shell is laid up and vacuum bagged on a form designed and shaped in my own shop
for maximum comfort of the human body.
After curing, the shell is removed from the cast, then carefully trimmed to fit into the flowing wooden frame. Here, the over sized carbon fiber is chalked out to its final shape by eye.
It will be 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.
After the wood has been sanded and oiled with my signature blend of linseed oil,
beeswax and tung oil and the upholstered seat is bolted into the frame,
I attach the badge. Engraved in ivory with my signature and the year,
it is then highlighted with India ink in the ancient scrimshaw tradition
before polishing and insetting into the leather.