With a wide predatory stance
that is streamlined for dynamic speed the Hammerhead is instantly a visually
striking piece, pushing the boundaries, reaching and searching of how a new
chair form can exist.
An evolution of the original carved oak wood Hammerhead chair design, the Hammerhead RVS resounds in a class of its own.
A sculptural cast chair created in stainless steel. This chair was produced using the lost wax process of investment casting. Based initially on the original carved oak wood Hammerhead chair. This metal chair version required the making of a whole new sculptural template chair - carved from wood. This was then used by the foundry specifically to make moulds of the individual component sections. The meticulously carved template becoming a natural evolution of the previous Hammerhead chair design, allowing variations to styling within the ergonomic sculptural work to be cast in metal that otherwise would not have been possible in wood. Once the component parts were cast, they were then exactingly assembled into the final form before the final mirror polishing process.
After mould making by the foundry of the component parts for the metal casting, the original template sections where then re-assembled and spray finished to form the exact desired spatial presence of the final work. Used then by the foundry as the pattern for assembly of the stainless steel components into the final chair. The creation of this piece requiring the expertise and skills of numerous artisan craftspeople in order to achieve the highest level of finish possible.
High definition polished semi hollow cast 310 grade stainless steel.
Hammerhead RVS chair - detail of back showing fluid curvature of seat line
Hammerhead RVS - chair - cast in stainless steel
Hammerhead RVS - detail of front leg showing reflective curvatures
Hammerhead RVS - stainless steel cast chair based on an oak carved original
Hammerhead RVS - showing vane sculpting in the backrests
Pouring the molten stainless steel into the moulds for Hammerhead RVS chair
Hammerhead RVS chair during final polishing stages at the foundry
Hammerhead RVS - At the foundry during polishing stages as the full effect of the fluid liquid form is revealed
Hammerhead RVS - the original template chair. re-assembled after mould making as a pattern for the final stainless steel chair
a wide predatory stance that is streamlined for dynamic speed the Hammerhead is
instantly a visually striking piece that really pushes the boundaries, reaching
and searching of how a new chair form can exist: The gill like segmented carved
seat base with stainless steel cartilage, almost fin like legs and the
graceful swept form of the body transposed in the back rests.
these fast, active sharks can capture large or elusive prey. Scalloped
hammerheads can be distinguished by the broad leading edge on the head, which
is arched toward the back. There is a prominent indentation in the center with
two smaller lobes on either side, giving a scalloped look. They have elongated
rounded slender bodies with two dorsal fins, the first of which is high and pointed,
second dorsal and pelvic fins low. They have five-gill slits. There tails
crescent-shaped.” - Aasharks.com
oak, stainless steel.
H 1350 mm
W 850 mm
D 750 mm
Hammerhead sculptural chair carved in oak - detail showing mouth parts and fluid line work of front legs.
Rear view detail showing contrast pegs that lock the back rests in place into the seat
The dramatic poise and stance...
...from behind shows the elongated front/head section.
Hammerhead sculptural chair carved in oak - beach silhouette.
Hammerhead chair - strike the pose!
A landscape in motion.
A sculptural bench seating
piece, animalistic/insectoid alien in its stance with a dynamic presence that
almost has a life of its own.
Acquired in 2011 by Veuve
Clicquot Ponsardin for the Pavilion Saint-Leonard in Reims, France.
Primarily inspired by the fluidity
of speed in movement over the rise and fall of the chalk South Downs Hill
formation stretching out along the South coast of England. Insictor transcends
scales as the piece is also suggestive of a insect/animalistic form in motion.
In many ways sitting on Insictor is almost to become part of the work itself -
the pilot and navigator.
Bleached ash wood, stainless
H 850 mm
"Alun makes no bones about what he hopes his work will
suggest to people. He wants you to be ‘astounded’ – but at every level. Insictor does just that. It’s a truly mesmerising
form which on first viewing momentarily camouflages its true identity as a
seat. At 3.7 metres long and fashioned from bleached ash, it is a sinuous
otherworldly skeletal and organic form that floods your head with a wealth of
alternative metaphors. Part insect and underpinned by barely glimpsed stainless
steel connectors, Insictor is a
tactile masterpiece that still remains true to the tree in its heart. Little
wonder that Veuve Clicquot has
acquired it to grace its pavilion in Reims."
Insictor - sculptural bench form carved from bleached ash wood.
Insictor - shown at the Sackler Centre, V&A, London Design Festival 2010
Detail showing compound curvatures and stainless steel skeleton form in gap set leg joints.
Sleeping Dragon is a privately commissioned, 30th Wedding
anniversary celebration piece. An 8.5m long sinuous curving oak sculptural bench
located facing an old dewpond within the garden.
Sleeping Dragon - Winner of the Wood awards 2008.
“A superbly executed and imaginative piece,
which fits perfectly into its surroundings.”
segmented board design enables the seating structure to easily span the desired 8.5m length
and allows a sectional build for ease of transportation to the site location. The segmented 'gap set' joint also allows
for a small amount of give/flex to enable ease of installation. All
fixtures and fittings within the piece are stainless steel. Approximately 24m in total was used of 25mm
diameter tubing. Extensive
form carving has been carried out into the seating board structure to provide
ergonomic comfort for the sitter and a flowing sense of liquid dynamic movement
within the work as a whole. The 3m long backrest curvature has been steam bent
from 50mm thickness oak.
Sleeping Dragon bench - carved and formed in oak wood with stainless steel fittings
Sitting on the Sleeping Dragon - enjoying the rays of late afternoon sunshine
Each of the base blocks and spheres are set on a york stone slab
The Sleeping Dragon - WINNER - Wood Awards 2008
Designed to fit with the flow of the space - approach from the house and shaped around the duck pond
The 8.5 m long Sleeping Dragon bench lying in the mist.
The inviting ridge ripple back curve on main approach from house
The central area with steam bent curved back rest faces directly to the duck pond
The Sleeping Dragon - quiet contemplation and rest in winter
Seating and sculptural installation for Isle of Harty cycle trail, Isle of Sheppey, N.Kent. Part of the 'Resting Points' sculptural commission.
Form work carved in oak wood with textural overlay inscription. Base leg sections in curvilinear cast concrete. Stainless steel fittings. The seating piece designed to engage with the sense of flight - echoing the bird life that can be seen from this location, at the RSPB nature reserve - Capel Fleet. The dish hollow carved seating bases emulating the forms of feathers and wings whilst the uprights in sculpted semi aero foil section with textural encounter that also alludes to the history of the region as one of the first test areas of manned flight.
Oak, stainless steel, cast concrete
Text 'Harty Triptych' created by project writer in residence - Mark Hewitt
Comfortable carved seating on feathered wings with far overlooking views onto the marshes.
Wings set to the sky.
"Caution not that pigs might fly - for here in 1909 one did" - text by Mark Hewitt.
One of the first areas in the U.K. for testing manned flight - and animals!
At the Edge - sculptural way marker
Detail showing sculpted aero forms.
Inspired by life at the sea shore and the subtle curve of a razor shell the Razorfish bench design is a sculptural exercise in pure optical defiance.
Overlapped saddle dish carved seating hollows create a dramatic and comfortable bench seat for centre piece placement with an immediately striking visual stance. The dished seating hollowing on the Razorfish bench design is a complex series of interlocking carved hollows that are aligned for optimum ergonomic comfort performance whilst at the same time visually intriguing and tactile sensory delight to behold. The whole piece plays with our perception of shifting optical defiance appearing almost ethereally light whilst at the same time maintaing total structural solidity and physical mass. It is perhaps one of the joys of this design that it subtly distorts our notion of what should and shouldn't work in so many ways yet still appears aesthetically balanced. There is of course nearly as much sculptural carved work carried out on the underside of the seating surface as in the top in order to achieve this effect. Eye lines being cleverly drawn to fade blend edges in waves of movement to disguise the true mass bulk solidity of the structure with apertures undercut in inverted hollowed pools. Very much a work that challenges our pre-conceptions of how a bench seating form can exist.
Set within the shifting Ivory sands this latest version of the Razorfish bench once again tweaks the edge of optical defiance in a beautifully balanced form.
Prime clean grain oak was selected for the seating to give the character of texture within the surface, bleached then limed adding to the sense of visual lightness and the look of rippling sands as the tide recedes. Legs in ash chosen for optimal resilient strength characteristic also bleached and limed. The huge oversize motice and tennon joints that maintain the true strength are concealed out of nominal eyesight viewing. The inverted leg arrangement also serves to stop kicker marks on the legs when walking past the piece. The whole interplay of light and shadow across the surfaces and below are an intrinsic part of the piece which combine to create a work which is far more than just the object itself.
Carved elm seat, bleached ash legs.
Razorfish III - sculptural bench carved in bleached oak and ash woods.
Razorfish III - shadow and light
Razorfish III - detail - Underside - Carved relief work of the inverted pools of light.
Razorfish III - There is almost as much ripple hollow form work below as above!
Razorfish II - The eye is drawn to a thin shell like edge in the carved elm top.
Razorfish II - The interlocking ripple dish carved seat hollows provide a comfortable seating platform.
Razorfish II - underside
Razorfish I - top
The Nimm Rae chair design represents the continual evolution and refinement of the humble wooden chair. Produced with many time honoured traditional build qualities within a sustainable working practice. These qualities are of course found in the history of Windsor chair making, yet this work certainly does not wallow in a sense of ‘has been’ nostalgia. The purity of the sculptural silhouette made to function perfectly to fit the human form.
The frame work of this chair utilises the full strength of the grain of the ash wood within the steam bent curvatures, meticulously carved with spokeshaves to draw the eye to perceive fine line edges whilst cleverly keeping the structural bulk of the material intact. The choice of the long grain fibre natural resilience of the ash adds to the forgiving nature in the comfort of the chair and the longevity in the service life of the chair form. The structures that best endure the test of time are those which can dissipate the shocks and oscillate through a degree of natural flexibility. The use of elm within the saddle dish carved seat is a chosen for lightness in physical weight yet toughness in strength for the mortice socket jointing. The attention to detail within the subtlety of rolled edges defining then blending enhancing the way the light falls over the piece to create a work that unifies superb function with sublime dynamic spatial presence far more than the sum of its parts would suggest.
Nimm Rae II
Steam bent ash wood framework, saddle carved elm seat
Shortlisted for the Wood Awards - Bespoke furniture category 2013
Nimm Rae I
Steam bent ash wood framework, carved elm upholstered leather seat.
Shortlisted for the Wesley Barrell Craft Award 2011
D 620 mm
Nimm type chairs
At the heart of the Nimm pattern chairs is the desire to capture an enlightened sense of grace within a good ergonomic form.
The starting point for all of these chairs is the person - the sitter. The design originates to comfortably fit the human form. Created from wood in time honoured method and tradition, it is still the ultimate choice of a sustainably produced piece. Paramount for comfort is the back rest - primary support for the lumbar region without compressing the spinal column. The seat base then carved with a dished hollow to allow natural posture and movement. The ash wood chosen within most of the frame work of these chairs also provides the tough resilience required to stand the knocks and the test of time. The slight flexibility within these structures also of course adds greatly to the dynamic comfort when sitting in these chairs. The design can be tailored for general reading/relaxing or geometry adjusted for set up in dining use.
Stars. Just full of stars. Swirling galaxies full of stars!
Nebula series of tables
Created from large stock burr horse chestnut wood these fluid organic shape forms elevate through styling the unique character in the wood itself.
WALRUS NEBULA - coffee table
LOVE WOOD NEBULA - coffee table
Love Wood Nebula
Site specific exterior sculptural bench commission.
Designed and created for a small
garden to occupy a space against a high divisional wall, echoing a
sense of fluid organic vitality. The piece is also viewed face on from the new
kitchen extension on the side return of this Victorian era London
mid terrace House.
H 2200 mm
Twill - Small sculptural bench with good comfort provided by the ergonomic styling in the fluid organic back rest forms.
Facing the outlook from new kitchen dining extension.
Twill - growing in the rain! - View from kitchen/dining space.
Privately commissioned site specific sculptural bench sharing many similar attributes to the award winning 'Sleeping Dragon'
Designed to accommodate
wide ‘table flat’ arm rests and with a subtle steam bent curve to
follow the shape of the form within the asymmetric compound curvature of the back
This piece is sat on
precision cast grass flush level set base blocks that mirror the shape of the
leg base elements. This not only provides a firm setting when positioning works
in lawn/grass areas, it also creates a minimal and neat easy lawn maintenance
solution, being able to mow over the edges.
Oak, stainless steel.
D 850 mm
Findon - 4.5 m Sculptural garden bench.
Oak is used in the construction as it is a naturally weather durable and resistant wood which ages to a beautiful silver grey.
Findon - Silver Grey - Ergonomic compound curvatures in the comfortable backrest and dish hollow carved seating creates an inviting place to be.
Although sometimes surface checking can appear on larger bulk carved sections - it does not deter from the structural longevity of the wood.
Installations at various locations; parks, bus stops, private gardens and terraces. Predominately created in naturally weather resistant and durable oak wood with stainless steel fittings. Often site specific works.
The Cricketer’s Bench
Belmont Park, Kent - a fitting seating piece for the cricket field.
Newnham Church Bus Stop Bench
Newnham Village, Kent - set into banking alongside the flint wall by church next to red phone box of this quintessential English village. This bench seat features a seating structure carved in oak wood with curvilinear leg base elements in off-white cast concrete. The seating section of the bench form assembled onto the base blocks at installation. The base blocks cut into the banking and then set in their own key foundation bases in order to create an immovable structure once finished.
Private garden, Bedfordshire - sculpted bench seat with stonework front to conceal ornamental pond pump workings.
Belmont Park, Kent - concentric circular seat covering large tree stump in the garden grounds with a bronze cast hedgehog detail (the emblem of belmont estate)
Private terrace, Devon . Large section 'off-heart' oak beam frame construction base with 'gap set' table top design. These tables were made as a complimentary pair for the paved terrace area overlooking a coastal inlet.
Designed and created for the Sail Tables, these exterior chairs are made using prime quarter sawn oak wood with A4 marine grade stainless steel fittings. An exercise in small batch produced design that unifies a good comfortable chair for exterior dining within a more economic production method.
Woking, Surrey - Garden entrance way bench seating units. These bench seats work in variable placement formats allowing flexible in the reception entrance way of the Lightbox gallery depending on exhibition programs and events. Paired in slide shift arrangement as seen here or placed singular in series.
Shortlisted Wood Awards 2007
Zurisee Boat House Bench
Horgen, Zurich, CH - bench seat designed to hang off boathouse wall where ground below too soft for leg base footings.
Newnham Church Bus Stop Bench
Newnham Church Bus Stop Bench
Hedgehog Here! - sculptural seat with bronze hedgehog.
Hedgehog Here! - Tree seat at Belmont Park, Kent
Sail Chairs for Sail Tables - created in oak with A4 grade stainless steel fittings
Sail Chairs - exterior chair design using an ergonomic twin backrest support.
Zurisee Boat House Bench
Projects including seating elements. Usually site specific, designed and created to function and perfectly compliment the setting location.
Anda Curve tables
Bay window seating
Interior design and installation work for Hancocks the jewelers, Burlington Arcade, London W1
These tables created in character oak with bleached ash legs.
Site specific sculptural table design fitted to convex curved wall
Vanity area - detail showing small shelf and magnifying light
Bed - fitted to concave curve wall with integral sculptural side tables
Bay Window seating installation
Bay Window seating - dish hollow saddle carved oak
Waiting area shop seating - Hancocks, Burlington Arcade, London
Waiting area seating also showing stairway balustrade re-design elements.
Office desks, seating and interior trims - Hancocks Jewellers, London
Desk for Hancocks, jewellers, London at the studio/workshop near completion
Walrus Nebula coffee table
B5 bench seating for the Lightbox Gallery, Woking Surrey. Shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2007
Delivering B5 benches to the Lightbox Gallery.
Sculptural works and installations for private domestic settings, parks and gardens, public and limited access public spaces. Most of these works are carved in wood - oak being the predominant choice for exterior pieces with its natural weathering abilities.
Recent sculptural commissions have included a series of wall mounted pieces carved in walnut throughout the central corridor of a new school build - Tree Music. The walnut wood used in these works originated from a standing tree that had to be felled to make way for the new school building.
A 3.2m high bleached oak i drop! form for a private city garden in Luxembourg presented quite a challenge in the making due to the sheer vertical mass sitting on its point of balance. This is of course how the name of this work was derived. ‘Look out - I am going to drop/fall!’ Carried through with the ‘i’ inside and a double interpretation of drop in the fluid styling in the shape.(You can discover more on the creation of this work by checking through the archives in the chaircreative blog)
The mildly unpronounceable work C^ (carbon 6) A structure that locks the dark heart of the matter at head height - vaguely reminiscent of a molecular structure model, it certainly commands a dynamic presence. How big is the smallest thing?
i drop! 3.2m cast disc base setting
i drop! 2.5 m stone base setting
i drop! 2.5 m cast disc base setting
i drop! 1.8 m cast plinth base setting
i drop! 1.3 m cast plinth base setting
i drop! 1.6 m bleached oak, black cast plinth base - prior to installation at studio.
This bench seat is comprised of 2 single compound steam bent curvatures of ash wood. It appears to the eye as a deceptively simple, curvilinear and pleasing seat piece. The jig work in order to create the curved components is anything but simple! Shown here with a neutral colour lacquer finish top and natural finish below, the Ppod bench can be re-created in pure natural ash or oak woods - with or without colour finish of choice. Green perhaps!
This bench design also features an inverted leg arrangement within its angular straight edge form work. This adds a sense of dynamism to the piece whilst also serving to deter kicker marks on legs when benches are placed in series. This design is suitable for exterior or interior locations - available in a range of hardwood finish choices.
Ppod - bench seat for 2 people
Just like 2 peas in a pod.
B5 bench - end view showing the gap set form and inclined seat planes that adds comfort to the seating
More Flat Surfaces
Flat surfaces to put things on.
GS Console - beech, elm
GS Console II - beech, ebonized sweet chestnut
Tregarvon - kitchen table with acid etch glass top
Farmhouse NC - kitchen table with bleached oak frame
Sidetable II - carved walnut top, with legs in cherry
Tricorne Table - small table with blade vane sculpted leg arrangement in ash with single piece top in elm
GS coffee - beech, walnut
GS Console - Beech with sub shelf in elm wood
GS Console II
Inside the gap set - a look through - showing the stainless steel setting rods.
Tregarvon - cherry framework with acid etch/frosted glass top
Tregarvon - end view showing oak peg pin construction detail
Farmhouse NC table - bleached weathered oak legs, bleached oak subframe with soap wash finish oak top
Farmhouse NC - detail showing the gap set arrangement of the weathered oak leg and the stainless steel rod connectors after creation at the workshop/studio
Sidetable II - detail showing carved wave cut styling underside
Tricorne Table - with Nimm type chair in background. Available also with glass top.
GS coffee table created at chaircreative studio/workshop by course attendee Chris Moreton to original design by Alun Heslop
Exterior and interior sculptural installation projects for schools.