Saturday, 24 July 2010

Eye Candy of the Week – The Sinclair Chair by Charles Edmonds

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PRODUCT

The Sinclair Chair


DESIGNER

Charles Edmonds


MANUFACTURER

Charles Edmonds


MATERIAL

Western Maple with a 3pt oil finish.

The seating is a woven rush with Shellac.


DESCRIPTION

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.


YUMMY FACTOR

Sacchariferous !!!


What are your thoughts about this chair?



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6 comments:

Chair Blog said...

Ha
The common misunderstanding at your side of The Pond that Danes and Dutch are the same:-).
Wanders Baas and Moooi are Dutch designers and based in The Netherlands. Not in Danmark!

MEADE DESIGN GROUP said...

Thank you very much for the correction Chair Blog - I hope I got it right this time.

What are your thoughts about the chair?

Marcus Design said...

I like this chair, I love pieces with an Arts and Crafts inspiration. One thing that I notice from the photos is that it looks quite wide, which is appealing!
Nancy

Echito said...

It is just stunning in person, I can't imagine all the time that went into creating this piece from design to completion.

Kudos to Charles Edmonds for a job well done!

Echito said...

It is just stunning in person, I can't imagine all the time that went into creating this piece from design to completion.

Kudos to Charles Edmonds for a job well done!

Michelle said...

wow...how impressive! You are so right...we had to design a chair and model while at school, and it was the toughest assignment...so many details!

And what a pedigree...Morris?!

Great find Ivan!

Best,
Michelle