Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby De La Warr Pavillion Chair
  • Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby De La Warr Pavillion Chair
  • Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby De La Warr Pavillion Chair
  • Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby De La Warr Pavillion Chair
  • Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby De La Warr Pavillion Chair
  • Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby De La Warr Pavillion Chair
  • Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby De La Warr Pavillion Chair
The DLWP in Bexhill On Sea is one of Britain's most important architectural icons. Eric Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff's 1935 design is widely considered to be Britain's first built example of the International architectural style.

As part of the vast restoration project, in 2005 Barber & Osgerby were commissioned to design a chair that could be used throughout the pavilion and Established & Sons were chosen to be the manufactures. The distinctive skid leg of this chair was created in response to the designers observation that many chairs, particularly dining chairs, are first viewed from the rear.

Barber & Osgerby chose to use an enclosed volume; a fluid form rather than a more usual leg type. This was also adopted as a clear contrast to the De La Warr Pavilion's modernist, rectilinear volumes. The early prototype for the chair was first unveiled during London's Design Week in September 2005 and after a thorough and meticulous production period to refine its complex details, this week will mark its much anticipated arrival at the Pavilion.

The commission, which was greatly supported by the Edward Marshall Trust, allowed Barber & Osgerby to flex their creative skills whilst working closely with Established & Sons innovative manufacturing structure to create an intriguing design which combines tubular, pressure die cast and pressed aluminium components.

"Our on-going and close working relationship with Established & Sons enabled this project to develop way beyond a batch production chair for the Pavilion into a serious technically challenging mass production piece. This scale of production and rigor of the technical detail sits very comfortably with the modernist ethos that motivated the architecture of its parent building. It is down to Established & Sons vision that this project came to fruition."(Jay Osgerby)

The chair that will be installed at the Pavilion on 7th October has been produced in a unique red hue exclusive to the De La Warr Pavilion. The restaurant version is upholstered with the Skye fabric designed by Barber & Osgerby for Bute. Whilst the external version has a powder-coated finish, perforated seat and back, capable of enduring the high coastal winds that it will be exposed to on the pavilion's outdoor terraces.

Design:
Edward Barber
Jay Osgerby

Year:
2006

Manufacturer:
Established & Sons