Last year we contributed a custom designed chair for the Bridge Communities Chair event and it auctioned off for a lot of money. This year we created another piece for the Chair Affair being held in Hinsdale on October 5th, called The Missing Chair.
The Missing Chair is a unique blend of wood and metal. The wood used in the seat and back is spalted maple with a live edge. For those of you who do not know what Spalted Maple is it is the partial decay, called spalting. This is what gives the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where fungus has begun to attack the wood. Once the wood is sealed fungus will not continue to grow but will keep that distinct look throughout the life of the wood.
The question behind the design of the chair is how does that work? I wanted to create a chair that looks as if it shouldn’t be possible. Depending on the angle the chair is viewed, the seat and back appear to float on one single point. Traditionally chairs have four legs but this chair does not, adding to the complexity of the design.
The chair is missing some parts that you typically see that make it a chair. Creating a unique work of functional art that sparks conversation and imagination is perhaps just as fulfilling as building the piece itself.
There are many great pieces on display throughout businesses in downtown Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, and Oak Brook. The public is allowed to vote on their favorite piece, daily if they want, until October 5th. Please visit the Bridge Communities website to cast your vote on our chair. Join us at this great community event on October 5th.
Thank you for your vote!