British designer Christopher Jenner has created his first-ever chair, for Gallery FUMI in Porto Cerva, Italy. The piece, which is part of his studio’s ongoing exploration of traditional English crafts, was made with Felicity Irons.
Irons is one of the last remaining rush weavers in Europe, and she and Jenner worked together on the chair, which has a frame milled from English oak and a seat woven by Irons in Bedfordshire. She used Scirpus Lacustris, a native English rush that she harvests on the river Ouse, for the seat of the chair.
The chair consists of 28 sculptural components, and its individual curved pieces juxtapose different wood grains for a natural effect that complements the beige, green and tan hues of the rush. To design the shape of the chair, Jenner hand traced the infinite looping of rush around strakes, which eventually created a silhouette reminiscent of a reclining figure.
The chair will be made in a limited edition of 12 and is exclusive to Gallery FUMI.