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