In 2008 I was invited to take part in an International Forum and Exhibition of Woodworking Culture in Sweden based on public seating. The JoINT Project provided an arena for the woodworking traditions of four continents and each artist was asked to pre-make one easily transportable piece. Mine was the LEDA Chair.
I was already thinking of chairs and seating. I continued to explore structure to derive design for furniture that is increasingly sculptural in appearance. I am now less concerned or constrained by the functional and ergonomic considerations of domestic furniture, and allow the structure to dictate uninhibited forms, sometimes brutal, sometimes graceful, but still reminiscent of furniture derivatives. The forms are less about sitting than they are objects of suggestive presence.
Excerpt from conversations between David Mac Laren and Stan d’Argeavel.