Manolo Chair
John Galvin Design Wednesday 13 Feb 2013

Inspiration for the ‘Manolo lounger' came firstly, from an admiration of Hans J Wenger and Finn Juhl who according to John Galvin are the two greatest chair designers that ever lived. Secondly, he stumbled upon a beautiful sketch of a high heel shoe designed by Manolo Blahnik. The elegance of the thin stiletto heel and feminine curve of the shoe inspired Galvin to start sketching chair designs. The back legs of the chair are therefore loosely based on this sketch and led to the naming of the chair.

The ‘Manolo Lounger' is without doubt the most challenging but satisfying piece Galvin says he has ever attempted to produce. He has incorporated over five different jointing techniques in the construction of the chair and there is not a single 90-degree angle in the entire piece. The seat is bevelled in two directions and tapers from 12mm at the front to 28 mm in the centre. The top edge of the chair has been hand carved to follow the curve of the splayed back legs. The front legs are mirror images, with hand carved twisted details, which are also slightly splayed. Brass pin detailing gives the chair increased rigidity and pass through the arms into the back of the seat.

The ‘Manolo Lounger' was launched at the beginning of May in the Saatchi gallery London as part of the Collect exhibition.


designer biog

John Galvin Design

Cabinetmaker, craftsman and furniture artist John Galvin brings with him over ten years of experience in the design field. Originally from Ireland John has always had a real passion for quality design. Now located in Glasgow's west end John Galvin specialises in the application of traditional cabinet making methods to design unique pieces of bespoke furniture that will intrigue and captivate.