Clipped Wing Collection by Simon Ancher
Updated: Jan 16, 2020
Simon Ancher decided to focus on something other than his lack of comfort for that flight,” he recalls, instead concentrating on the wingtip of the aircraft. The curve in the wing that drew his attention has resulted in a design detail that has taken Ancher to new heights as he progresses beyond his role at UTAS and into a full- flight design studio.
The piece that moment inspired is the Clipped Wing stool, the first in what has become an entire range derived from the aesthetics of flight, equally defying logic and gravity. As Brian Parkes, CEO of Adelaide’s Jam Factory, says: “Ancher’s Clipped Wing range has a timeless elegance to it. There’s some very clever joinery concealed behind what seems to be a clean, simple cantilevered plane.” Carrying that angular motif through benches and cabinets, Ancher has created an iconic language, something of a rare feat in the furniture world. It is a language that relies on his skills as a maker and his determination to make a difference.
As a system the clipped wing detail has been used extensively to great success. In a horizontal orientation it is capable of significant load bearing spans from individual stools to benches, desks and tables. In a vertical orientation the clipped wing detail has been used as a highly engaging handle.