The Sinclair Chair
Western Maple with a 3pt oil finish.
The seating is a woven rush with Shellac.
If you see this chair you may think it is the latest Dutch piece designed by Marcel Wanders, or perhaps the newest creation of Maarten Baas, but actually this is a year end project for the Fine Furniture Program at Camosun College in Victoria B.C.
I had the opportunity to see this beautiful chair displayed at Only Human a couple of weeks ago. I initially thought that in effect this chair was the latest piece by Moooi. What a surprise to learn that The Sinclair Chair was designed and carefully crafted by one of our own new local designer/builder talents - Charles Edmonds.
If you understand a little bit about the fine wood craft you will find that a chair is one of the hardest things to build in furniture making. Different types of joinery at difficult angles are a challenge for any designer/carpenter and this chair doesn’t have any straight elements making this piece extremely complex to build.
One can tell that Charles has wood working in his heritage as the piece speaks of tradition and yet incorporates enough modern moments that it represents an evolutionary step in fine furniture design. Charles honours his heritage by naming the chair after his grandmother Betty Sinclair as well all the past carpenters in his family.
The Sinclair Chair is based upon a late 19th century Arts and Crafts Sussex Chair popularized by Morris and Co. Charles Edmonds has maintained the elegance of the original piece while achieving a contemporary feel by incorporating the lines and posture of a lounge chair. The small vertical members in the back rest are part of the original profile and thus honouring its origins.
What are your thoughts about this chair?