Ghillie Chair by David Caon for Anomaly
David Caon has created a number of pieces for Anomaly, including the camo-patterned Ghillie chair. A variety of materials work together to create a new interpretation of camouflage that is texture as well as pattern. “Rather than applying the camo pattern with colours we saw a great opportunity to combine the base timber with concrete and copper,” David says. “That makes it a real celebration of the finishes and materials themselves.”
Ghillie is a petite cafe chair in American Ash with a ply seat and back. The chair can have a range of designs applied to its surfaces, made possible through Axolotl's unique ability to bond metals such as bronze, and copper directly onto the timber. Customised designs are also possible.
When asked about the collaboration, David said, "Anomaly is manufactured locally which I think is crucially important for the Australian market. In my designs for Anomaly, I've tried to make it so pieces are relatively easy to modify and adapt for unique applications. I think it's about servicing individual needs as much as establishing a range. People are savvy about design but also about what they like and need and it would be great to bring those two things closer together".
"I think it's a terrific capability statement for Axolotl and will do a lot to speak to the possibilities their processes present to designers and builders. I also think it is a demonstration of evolution for the company. Axolotl has been around for a while now and any design based business has to flourish and change in order to continue being successful”.
When asked what was involved in the development process for these products, David replied, "Primarily it's an understanding of the different possibilities made available by the various processes on offer. There are some concepts of ours that go outside the in-house resources we have and those require further research and understanding. On the form side of things, it's really about sitting down and working out what a range could be and experimenting with different pieces until there is the beginnings of a family of objects that makes sense and can be expanded upon down the track”.
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