When thinking about the Chaise A, Bethan really wanted to celebrate its femininity. For Bethan, it’s the use of the industrial material and moulding, partnered with a delicate inline and form that creates a chair which marries the industrial with the domestic.
The chair was inspired by two ICONIC women:
The maschinenmensch Maria in Metropolis – a film from the same period as the Chair A – demonstrates the powerful allure that can be created when these two apparent opposites are mixed, feminine form and the power of the industrial.
Elizabeth I, another major iconic woman from history. For Bethan, the shaping of the back of the chair has a strong connection to the bodices of the sixteenth century and she wanted to explore how the power of dressing can be used to create the atmosphere of power, strength and security
Commissioned Sonnet – By Orlando Weeks
La Grande Dame
Each a perfect stranger but for each a perfect partner
Stacked chairs like Virgin Queen can’t get no satisfaction
So long live the short gammed darb, now and ever after
And bray at her hardboiled and uncankering perfection
Give me all four, for I am a leg man after all
Leather clad with spivy rivet and cabbies bead recline
Tis bliss to sit with you a while and simply pass the time
I take great comfort in the knowing that your back has mine
With your build that bears the masses and yet can bear butt one
Punch pressed and laser cut at best au natural
Birthday girl in Bethan frock no wonder you’re up done
Half hundred colours upon you all sit well
For makers can afford to rest on hard laurels when
the future has come early and is sitting amongst them.
Laser-cut pressed steel, copper rivets & leather