While visiting the Vitra Showroom in New York, I couldn’t resist the enticing 75% off all merchandise sale. After a hectic morning of bubble wrap, cardboard, and dealing with unaccommodating Fedex employees, an unscathed Maarten Van Severen .03 chair arrived safely last week.
Here it is in all its glory:
Every Friday the Clark + Huot blog will be updating readers on furniture design news and the progression of Staff Sofa 1, designed by Thom Fougere and Nils Vik of Keep it Cartesian.
Video one is Chris and Thom’s brief visit to JP furniture and repairs. Upon our brief meeting with the man himself, JP, I could tell you that he is quiet, hard working and old fashioned. Very old fashioned. Yet there seems to be an adventurous side to him. Despite the fact that in his 30 years of building furniture he had “never seen anything like this,” he was still willing to take on our challenging design – that is, after passively declaring the job to be impossible several times (both on and off camera). It was thanks to some persistence and reassurance of the fact that we were willing to do whatever it takes (give him money) to get the job done that changed the mind of the master craftsman.
More on Staff Sofa 1 to come.