Bespoke one-off commissioned by a private 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 in 2009.
We were commissioned by a collector with an interest in Japanese design and objects to create a truly bespoke cabinet to house and display some of his collection and he wanted the design to be inspired by Japanese tansu (storage chests). Angus suggested a chair with a circular rotating drawer. Wych Elm has a beautiful grain pattern but is unstable and typically it is used in thick sections which are allowed to crack and move. With meticulous craftsmanship, Angus constructed the lattice chair and circular rotating storage drawer, from solid Wych Elm. This allowed the user to sit and examine their collection as the drawer rotates through 360 degrees around them. Display areas and secret storage can also be found in the chair. Upholstered with cowhide.
Materials: Wych Elm, steel, cowhide.
Dimensions: diameter 90cm, height 78cm