Chaise One by Yard Sale Project
Updated: Jan 25, 2020
A unique, material-driven sculptural chair by Ian Spencer and Cairn Young of Yard Sale Project, Chaise One explores new possibilities and shapes inherent within wood. At once made for and inspired by the human form, the solid French Walnut hand-carved chair is fit with one arm that melts into a sleek, curving body. Through its offset position and gloriously oversized proportions, it echoes and adds to the play of cantilevers within its form.
The use of French walnut is both aesthetic and pragmatic. Rich in color and texture, walnut is also a relatively lightweight wood, with superb strength to weight ratio, and an ability to be finished to a very high quality. The Dordogne region of France, famed for its walnut production, has trees being planted, farmed and harvested over many centuries. The trees this chair was made from were all over 100 year old farming trees that had reached the end of their working life, and were cared for and harvested within a sustainable farming model. The visual appearance of the wood shows a variety of color and texture that is never achieved within the more stable North American climate.
The chair is made from blocks of Walnut glued with epoxy resin for maximum strength, and reinforced with four steel braces hidden within the form.