Lounge Chair by David Irwin



New Designers 07: Lounge Chair by Northumbria University design graduate David Irwin features a steam-bent timber frame with a removable cushion that is fixed in place by buttons.


The chair was awarded the New Designers Peter Walker Award for innovation in furniture design 2007.


For an overview of all the Northumbria graduates who exhibited at New Designers in London in June, visit www.3d07.co.uk.
Here's some text from the designer:


Lounge chair

The Lounge chair is inspired by Danish furniture design and has attempted to contemporise the traditional aesthetic. The design utilises the inherent properties of the timber by steam bending the legs and arms and uses natural soap flakes as a finish creating very few environmental disadvantages.

The cushion is a completely separate unit which unfastens from the solid ash frame via the slots in the legs offering a practical solution for cleaning and updating of the fabric while creating visual interest and detailing.

Posted on Monday August 13th 2007 at 7:53 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Robert Butterbaugh

    Am very interested in the soap flake finishing technique. I’m a furniture maker myself. Just read about this finish in Metropolitan but it was not described in detail. Thanks in advance if you could share.


  • Shawn Sowers

    I too am trying to find more information about soap finishing and where to get the soap flakes. There is no where online or in books that explains the process and gives details about materials. I’m finishing up some oak tables and while I usually use a danish oil, I’d like to try a soap finish. I’d love to hear from you about this or get some advice on who I could contact.

    Thank You
    Shawn Sowers

  • Graham Johnson

    If you can give me any information on the details of finishing oak furniture with soap flakes I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you.
    Graham Johnson