British designer Ross Lovegrove’s first wood chair design, the ‘Anne Chair’ for Bernhardt Design, is every bit as fluid as any of his distinctive designs.
Says Lovegrove, “When thinking about this project and how to consider Bernhardt Designs wood heritage, my starting point was the American courthouse chair. These chairs were such a visible part of the American landscape because of their very powerful presence.”
“Using this historical reference, I wanted to create a chair that is contemporary and a reflection of my design vocabulary. I have worked with so many different materials in my career and used various technologies, but I have never designed a wood chair, and it is something l have always wanted to do.”
“One of the interesting things about working in wood is that it is a truly organic material and full of surprises. Just like a slab of marble, you don‘t know what you are getting when you make your first cut. This makes every piece unique.”
“As in all my work, the Anne chair is about sculpting a material: creating something that has a human dimension and looks interesting from any view. I’m very inspired by deep pre-historical tools and objects whose materials are often eroded, and the essential form feels sculpted by use and time.”