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Chair by Glass Hill

This wooden chair by designers Markus Bergström and Joe Nunn of Glass Hill for Phillips de Pury is on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Chunky dowels form legs and support the backrest, and are inserted in two batons supporting the seat.

Made of pine, the chair is on show alongside work by Max Lamb, Nendo, Julien Carretero and Raw Edges as part of an exhibition entitled Connectors.

Here's some more information from Glass Hill:

Glass Hill for Phillips de Pury & Co

Phillips Chair
United Kingdom, 2010, Southern yellow pine
Currently showing in Connectors exhibition, Saatchi Gallery
Edition of 25 + 1 prototype

'We asked Markus Bergström and Joe Nunn to create a chair that would complement their design for the exhibition space at Phillips de Pury. The duo from Glass Hill responded with this perfectly proportioned seat that speaks to the virtues of simplicity, form, and craftsmanship, and our need for them. Asked about their process, they said well-considered dimensionality speaks with the greatest eloquence. We agree.' – Phillips de Pury & Co

‘Southern yellow pine variously planed, dimensioned and machined. 450 mm front seat height pitched at 3 degrees to rear along 290mm deep seat. Back rest opens at 102.5 degrees from seat plane rising to 760mm above floor height and dropping 290mm towards to seat back. Overall depth of seat area from back rest plane is 360 mm. Seat is mounted to double rails set at an angle 6 degrees from seat edge with 8 no. 4×40mm screws. Both rails are ex45×60mm with a machined top angle of 4 degrees in opposing lateral planes. All legs and support for back rest are mortised into this rail. Front legs mount perpendicular to rail and seat, back leg at 24 degrees from seat angle and back rest mount at 12.5 degrees on opposing (top) surface. The rail’s pitch projects the front legs to the limits of the chair's overall width of 340mm, dictated by the square cut seat and back. The sides of the chair are parallel.’ – Glass Hill

Bergström and Nunn are since 2010 co-founders of Glass Hill, a practice that provides clients with architectural, interior, furniture and product design solutions. Bergström and Nunn met at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in 2005 on Ron Arad’s Design Products course.
Originally from Sweden, Bergström studied at Danish College of Design, Copenhagen, before moving on to the Design Products program at the Royal College of Art (rca). Meanwhile Nunn was studying in High Wycombe, the home of English vernacular furniture, on completion moving to London and becoming Tord Boontje’s first assistant before starting at the RCA. Previous to founding Glass Hill, Bergström worked for a London based architect's practice and Nunn was Tom Dixon's furniture designer.

Markus Bergström (b. 1979, se) Joe Nunn (b. 1980, uk)

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