‘Easy Chair' by British Designer, Alex Hull, embodies his studios ethos that explores the relationship between traditional craftsmanship, modern technology and organic design.
The ‘Easy Chair' by Gallery FUMI is developed from the initial design sketch into a series of tailored 3D models. From these the frame is 3D printed so the metal craftsman can use the nylon printed parts to create the complex jigs. The seat is made using a traditional wet leather moulding technique. Hides are wet throughout, placed onto the form and then moulded by hand, applying pressure and continuously massaging the hides, stretching it over the tight curves and radiuses.
This method requires the use of natural vegetable tanned leathers. The ancient process of tanning uses ingredients found in different vegetable matter, such as tree bark prepared in bark mills, wood, leaves, fruits and roots. The transformation from raw hides into a material that will last a long time is a process that happens slowly in wooden drums or in tanning pits. Vegetable tanning shows off leather in its most natural state emphasizing the skill of the tannery. Due to the natural tannins used, vegetable tanned products are unique and have life of their own, changing continuously and developing an organic patina over time.
Hidden beneath the leather is a super thin composite mould, which completes the structure and creates a strikingly comfortable ergonomic seat. Despite its name, the ‘Easy Chair' is far from in regards to its construction, however, the beauty lies within its designers ability to craft a chair that's smart and simple.