Around the World in 80 Chairs: Metal Pipe Chair, San Francisco CA

A chair made from old metal pipes and radiators in a shop in downtown San Francisco, California.
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8 Chairs: Redefined by the Weather

Gallery Libby Sellers was launched in 2007 by the former senior curator of the London Design Museum, in order to offer a platform for the support and promotion of progressive and critical design in a gallery context.

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Chair at Joshua Tree California

The current exhibition –‘8 Chairs’ by London-based creative duo Clarke & Reilly is a poetic travelogue documenting the journey of these chairs through extreme weather conditions. The redefined forms were installed on the rooftop of a Peckham building to expose them to the icy winter before being transported to the scorching California desert. The consequences of such extremes, all documented through film and photography, are also displayed in the Gallery. On their return, each chair underwent their own final process, informed by their individual response to the whole experience.

Credit : Ed Reeve

Clarke & Reilly describe their style as ‘unashamedly romantic and tirelessly imaginative’, and are known for applying an original perspective to ‘lost’ pieces of furniture using a narrative, historical knowledge, craftsmanship and a rarified sense of colour to redefine the work.

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‘8 Chairs’ exemplifies this reverent attitude towards design as each of the historical chairs, selected to represent a specific character in the artists’ minds, has been reinvented, often using period and ancient fabrics.

Credit : Ed Reeve

Clarke and Reilly, otherwise known as David Grocott and Bridget Dwyer (born 1964 and 1967), have been collaborating as an artist duo since 2005. Bringing together their backgrounds in fashion (Dwyer) and antique furniture (Grocott), they create unique objects that convey their nostalgic, romantic, and slightly eccentric aesthetic.

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Dwyer and Grocott currently live between London and Los Angeles and their works are in collections worldwide. The exhibition will run until the 26th of April.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Circular Metal Bench, Grover Beach CA

Circular metal bench surrounding a young tree in Grover Beach, California.

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Wooden Chairs, Cinto – Colombia

Wooden lounge chairs turned upside down in order to clean the floor in Cinto, Tayrona National Park. Cinto is a small secluded beach in the national park on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, it is only accessible by boat but is a picture perfect paradise.

Wooden Lounge Chairs, Cinto - Colombia

Wooden Lounge Chairs, Cinto – Colombia

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Cinto, Tayrona National Park – Colombia

View of the mountains in Cinto, Tayrona National Park - Colombia

View of the mountains in Cinto, Tayrona National Park – Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park - Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park – Colombia

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Zeppelin Toilet Seat, San Francisco

Zeppelin Seat with a view

These are the pictures from the Zeppelin flight over San Francisco. The Eureka is an authentic Zeppelin, she is 246-feet long and stretches 15-feet longer than a standard Boeing 747. Currently, there are only two such aircraft flying in the world, this one in the bay area of San Francisco and one in Friedrichshafen.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Hand Painted Chair, Grass Valley California

Hand painted chair outside a straw bale house in Grass Valley, Northern California.

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Sustainable Furniture from LA: Blake Avenue

Joshua Tree Credenza by Blake Avenue

Blake Avenue in LA has a wide selection of tables, shelves and cabinets made from reclaimed wood. The products are simple, elegant and beautifully crafted.

Shenandoah Desk by Blake Avenue

Most of the materials that go into Blake Avenue furniture is recovered from architecture that dates back 80 to 150 years and are hand picked and reworked to a high standard.

Krisel Dresser by Blake Avenue

Blake Avenue seek to preserve precious materials with design and craftsmanship that will allow their pieces to last another lifetime.

Tall Lake Tahoe 3 Drawer Dresser by Blake Avenue

Every piece has its own unique characteristics carrying their own stories showing the  the complex and lengthy lifecycle these timbers, carrying with them a history of use and production that will never be repeated.

Shenandoah Hybrid Cabinet by Blake Avenue

Blake Avenue gives these old and sturdy materials a new lease of life by incorporating them into contemporary designs and restoring them to a quality that is built to last.

Eckso Bench by Blake Avenue