Edinburgh-based furniture-maker Namon Gaston and upholsterer Peter Holmes have collaborated on a new furniture piece, The Oxbow Lounge Chair, using Mourne Textiles’s Mourne Mist Furnishing Fabric.
The chair combines a bent plywood frame that sits on top of tonal show wood. The chair's natural finish is offset by Mourne Mist, a handwoven wool and cotton fabric first created by Mourne Textile's founder Gerd Hay-Edie in 1951. The fabric is peppered with characteristic flecks of contrasting and complimentary colours that add highlights and organic variation to the weave.
Gaston and Holmes state: "We both share a similar 'making' ethos in that what we produce is of the highest possible standard both ergonomically and aesthetically. We wanted to create a piece incorporating soft lines that had an inviting presence. An obvious focus of attention was comfort, where the user feels enveloped by the chair but is able to shift their position easily."
It is a testament to the timelessness and versatility of Mourne Mist that it suits the style of this splendid new chair so well. The fabric was first used in the 1950s by renowned designer Robin Day on many of his mid-century pieces. A durable fabric, it is carefully handwoven on the same Kentish loom that were originally imported from Norway at that time, and the colours matched from the original heritate palettes in the Mourne Textiles archives.