I’m a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and it was at their gallery in Bovey Tracy that I first met Donna. She she is a writer and had a very special, and unique, problem. In the garden of her Devon house she had created a writer’s room, a retreat, a place to go to think and contemplate and develop ideas. A very special place.
She had created a circular writing room with a thatched roof, a small wood-burning stove and a work surface just underneath her window. The problem was that the work surface was a little bit too high to use an ordinary chair. She had tried using a stool but that wasn’t particularly comfortable so she came to me as a bespoke chair designer.
“I WILL CALL HER ZOE…” DONNA SAID, “…IT MEANS LIFE”
“What I want is a high writing platform,” she said, “Something I can sit on for two or three hours. Something to move around in and perch, cross legged, upon it and put cushions around me to support my back.”
I looked at the small circular room and thought, “the last thing you need in here is a straight line. Everything about this chair has got to be curvy.”
So I went away, did my drawings, and then came back and showed them to Donna. From there I developed small-scale models. As the idea grew it became more organic, living and circular.
“IT WAS LIKE THE CHAIR WAS PLACED BACK WHERE IT ALWAYS SHOULD HAVE BEEN”
The essence of the piece is energy; how creative people conserve energy and apply it to the written word, the page, or the problem in hand. She had made this creative space quite intuitively in that way and I just carried the idea on into the unique chair.
When I delivered the piece to Donna it was like the chair was placed back where it always should have been. I’d never seen a client with such a wide happy smile.
“I will call her Zoe…” said Donna, “…it means life”