Our contribution to this year's Chair Affair auction, the Cradle Chair symbolizes what can be done when consideration and care are given to something that has been affected by time and neglect. We hope this revitalization earns it many more years of use.
This well used lounge was originally built with good bones and integrity, which is what drew us to it. It had clean lines, solid wood and a leather seat. Probably built in the '70s this vintage folding sling chair looked comfortable but awkward, it had a few flaws and it needed help. It was designed to rock gently to allow the user to stand up more easily but the mechanism was not fully resolved and was potentially dangerous to one's fingers. We reworked and redesigned the chair in the style of our chaise transatlantique. The rocking element was removed and the original solid cherry wood was slimmed down and streamlined joinery was added. It was also made to fold down for easy transport. The chair was refinished with natural and environmentally safe hemp oil and local beeswax. The leather was in rough shape, it was sanded down, re-oiled and also topped with beeswax.
“Nature produces no waste, only nutrients." This quote by Michael Braungart is stamped into the foot of the chair. This idea should be remembered with every object we create, buy or throw away. The original parts of this chair became the materials to create another chair. Michael Braungart is co author of Cradle to Cradle, a book describing how design should consider the entire life of a product and all the materials that go into it.
We have fond memories of last year's event, particularly of the charismatic energy of Jack Layton. We are deeply saddened by his passing and grateful for his legacy. Consider joining us this year, get your tickets here.