Commissioned by a serious furniture collector as part of the Wych Elm Project.
The Wych Elm project came about after a majestic Wych Elm tree had to be felled at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Makers and artists were commissioned to use the wood, bark and leaves of the tree to create a remarkable collection of objects. These were shown at the inaugural exhibition of the John Hope Gateway Centre, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland.
We were commissioned by a collector with an interest in Japanese design and objects to create a truly bespoke piece inspired by Japanese tansu (storage chests) to house and display some of his collection. With meticulous craftsmanship, Angus constructed a circular storage drawer which allowed the user to sit and examine their collection as the drawer rotates through 360 degrees around them. Wych Elm has a beautiful grain pattern but is unstable and typically used in thick sections which are allowed to crack and move. In this piece small sections, with improved stability, are used for the drawer and lattice structure. Display areas and secret storage can also be found in the chair. Upholstered with cowhide.
Materials: Wych Elm, steel, cowhide.
Dimensions: Diameter 90 cm x 78 cm high