The idea of “lost and found” has always had a special meaning for me. My love affair with antique furniture stems from an interest in the previous owners and imagining how they used a certain mirror, chair or piece of jewelry. (I love thinking about all the different people who have looked into an antique mirror over the years.) So when I think about something being “lost,” I immediately wonder who is going to find it, love it and give it a new home. That concept went into this new chair, which was part of a collaborative design project between Anneke van Bommel and Cameron Maclean. Based in Toronto, both designers created a series of chair designs using found chairs, materials and anything they could gather from the street that each chair is named after. In addition to repairing each chair, Anneke and Cameron created cut metal “cobwebs” to add visual interest around the chairs’ legs.
I love the contrast between the metal details and the warm wooden frame — it makes the chair feel like some antique/future hybrid that’s perfect for a modern home. You can see these chair designs in person at the Made at Home exhibition during Toronto’s International Design week, starting January 29th. The show will celebrate great new Canadian designers, so if you’re in the area, be sure to check it out. You can find more information on the show right here. xo, grace
Portrait photograph by Jason Moreland