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Have you been searching for an exclusive piece of furniture? Were you inspired by the 1980s industrial art and Hi-Tech scene? Are you looking for something along the lines of the famous Ron Arad Rover chair or perhaps a more modern interpretation like the sofa and chairs used by The Stig's mates Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond on the BBC show Top Gear?
Well you've now arrived at the right place.
We are proud to present this exclusive range of amazing bespoke industrial art furniture, designed and built in our East Midlands workshop, using specially selected materials and quality workmanship. We take quality, classic, patinaed leather car seating and create unique, durable, comfortable and attractive furniture. Our furniture could add a touch of dynamic style to your lounge, study, office, games room - or any area of your home or business! You can see some of our recent pieces in the gallery. Browse our website for more information or contact us today to discuss your personal requirements.
Let us put you in the driving seat!
Our team has over 20 years experience in engineering, design and construction. Now, inspired by the look and feel of the classic leather seats that feature in so many of our favourite cars we have created a wonderful range of unique furniture pieces. Taking a well made, durable, comfortable and attractive seat from a car and converting it into a useful and exciting piece of art-furniture seems like an obvious idea. And yet, when we started researching and planning our new range, we found that hardly anyone had put this idea into practice and crucially, there was nowhere to readily buy such an item. So now, combining an enthusiasm for modern and classic motor cars with our experience in furniture design we have created this exclusive range.
Famous ready-made and industrial artworks
As you will see, our furniture is based on recycled car seats and recycled materials including mild steel tube and reclaimed seasoned timber. Our designs are our own and each example is crafted to order making every single chair or sofa a unique piece. Of course, we are not the originators of this type of work and here we would like to tip our hats to some of the most famous pieces in this field.
Ready-made art has its origins in the early 20th century. French born artist Marcel Duchamp is most often credited as the first artist to use so called found art which he later referred to as “Readymades”. He began in 1913 with a piece called “Roue de bicyslette” or “Bicycle Wheel”. This was simply the front forks of a bicycle, complete with the wheel, upturned and mounted on a wooden stool. Other pieces followed, most famously his 1917 piece for the New York Independent Show. “Fountain” was an unmodified porcelain urinal. Speaking in 1961 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Duchamp said
“ [..] A point that I want very much to establish is that the choice of these ‘Readymades’ was never dictated by aesthetic delectation. The choice was based on a reaction of visual indifference with at the same time a total absence of good or bad taste ... in fact a complete anaesthesia. Another aspect of the ‘Readymade’ is its lack of uniqueness... the replica of the ‘Readymade’ delivering the same message, in fact nearly every one of the ‘Readymades’ existing today is not an original in the conventional sense.”
The Castiglioni's created two Ready-made stools in the 1950’s
In the 1950’s Italian designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni created two famous ‘ready-made’ stools. The ‘Stella’ stool is a bicycle seat or saddle fitted to a tubular stem which is mounted on a round-bottomed cast iron base, which allows it to pivot. Their ‘Mezzadro’ stool utilises the cast iron seat from a traditional farm tractor mounted on a chrome stem trimmed with a wooden footrest. Both stools had entered manufacturing by the early 1980’s when there was a real boom in the industrial art scene.
Jean Prouvé created this prototype in 1924
Ron Arad produced his Rover chair in 1981
Israeli born designer Ron Arad constructed his ‘Rover’ chair in 1981. In the early 1980’s these leather seats were a common find in salvage yards, offering the comfort of a quality lounge chair in a ‘ready-made’ package. Mounted on a frame of lacquered tubular steel, the ‘Rover’ chair was a big hit within the burgeoning industrial art market. Arad was quite possibly inspired by French designer Jean Prouvé whose 1924 prototype recliner bares a striking similarity to the ‘Rover Chair’. Prouvé was a proficient metal worker and technician who favoured sheet steel like that used in the automobile industry and often used electric welding in the construction of his early furniture.
Top Gear chair from 2002
When the BBC re-launched their flag ship motoring programme Top Gear in 2002 they chose the former Royal Canadian Army airfield at Dunsfold Park as the location and converted one of the spacious aircraft hangars for television studio operation. The centrepiece of the studio, a centrally located and slightly raised stage, on which the hosts including Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May find themselves sitting on a suite made from the khaki grey leather seats from a Vauxhall. These seats were made for the BBC by their prop designers.
Today anyone can have a similar industrial art furniture piece crafted especially to their own specification and based around their own choice of seat thanks to our team.
So whether you’re an amateur Clarkson or an Arad admirer, contact us today to discuss the perfect solution for you.
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