Here is a little preview of the new chair being shown at this week’s ICFF show in NYC. The show runs from May 14 – 17 at the Jacob K. Javits Center. You can see it at Booth 2154.
The Callicoon Chair is a happy collaboration between myself, and Stephanie Seal Brown, a gifted hand weaver and textile designer based out of Kentucky and NYC. The aim was to design a seat that was small in profile but with a substantial presence. Equally important, and the genesis of the design itself, was figuring out a way to showcase Stephanie’s exceptional linen tape trim in a manner that was both striking and less predictable. The frame is made of powder coated steel (yes, it’s kind of heavy, but not too much so) and the foam cushion is covered in a lovely natural textured linen, edged with a subtle touch of trim.
Chair Dimensions: 27”H x 22”W x 27.75”D
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The importance of nature versus nurture is mostly one for the scientists. However, for myself, the lay person, the question presented itself during a recent visit to my father’s home. You know how family behaviors or environments can be so familiar, to a point of near invisibility? Well, on this particular day, as I was sitting in my father’s study, his desk chair slowly came into focus. I’d looked at it many times before. I’d even sat in it. But never had I taken full stock of its Frankenstein qualities. As you can see, the seat is an assemblage of pillows and straps, all bound together with rope. It’s neither pretty nor comfortable. Although there is an interesting graphic quality to the way in which the rope weaves in and out of the holes. As an industrial designer, one who espouses simplicity and function, as well as comfort, I don’t in any way consider this to be a viable solution to the vexing question of what to sit on while at one’s desk. I’ve pondered the fact that the owner of the chair is indeed my father, and that I am his daughter. Dad, how did this happen?
Um, no thanks.
Grand Street, in Chinatown.
I love NYC.
I wonder how Sergio Mian feels about having his Baba Barstool co-opted by Clint Eastwood, the RNC and Invisible Obama.
The original Kevi desk chair was designed by Jorgen Rasmussen back in the fifties. Thanks to my mother, I was lucky enough to have one of these at my desk. It was bright yellow and I really liked it. I have no idea where my chair is now, but I wish I still owned it. I remember it being comfortable and I loved that it took up so little room. The good news is that this design is still in production. It’s manufactured by Engelbrechts. I have been looking around online to see where one could purchase a chair IF one wanted, but I am not finding anything offhand.