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Bums on Seats – London Design Festival

Ally brings her signature design aesthetic to an iconic piece of furniture, the tubular stacking chair.

Initially conceived by the Bauhaus group, they were the inspiration for many manufacturers in the interwar period in Britain. The PEL (Practical Equipment Limited) name quickly became synonymous with the product, and exploited the interest in modern shapes and design durability. These chairs have been the mainstay of schools, church halls and factories ever since.

Originally manufactured by Cox of Watford, this set has been stripped back to their raw steel frames and taken in a new and inventive direction. Using the premise Bums on Seats as a starting point, Ally looked at the way that we position ourselves whilst seated - Left Leaning, Knees Up for example - and then designed eight variations on the theme.

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Our London factory have made up the seats, which have been stitched and hand polished, using the same Italian bridle leather as Ally Capellino belts and bag straps.

Long time AC collaborator, Donald Christie has elaborated on the concept producing a hypnotic black and white film and the folowing GIFs that loop key movements from the film. The treatment references the 1957 Oscar winning short A Chairy Tale by Norman McLaren and Claude Jutra, and is a playful take on Brechtian theatre.

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During the 2013 London Design Festival there was a Bums on Seats installation at each of our London shops and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The installations were designed by another regular collaborator and PEL chair enthusiast, Rupert Blanchard.

Donald Christie, Rupert Blanchard and Ally, discussed the project at the V&A's Hochhauser Auditorium on the 19th September. We'll have an audio recording of the talk available to listen to soon, follow us on Twitter to hear when.

The eight Bums on Seats chairs was then on show at Best of Britannia as part of our Made in Britain presentation. B of B showcases British designers who like us take pride in manufacturing in Great Britain, including Nigel Cabourn, Christopher Raeburn and Walsh.