Armchair, 2016

Material Brass, Black Piano Lacquer,
Steel, Wood, Leather

Limited Edition 30 pieces


H 71 cm x W 71 cm x D 59 cm
H 23.2 in. x W 28.3 in. x D 28 in.

Place of Manufacture Vienna

Production Time 10 - 12 Weeks

Produced by Felix Lenz Klaviermachermeister

Designed by Glen Baghurst

Delivered Assembled

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The ‘Grand’ armchair is made by the Master piano maker Felix Lenz in Vienna, Austria. One of five Master piano makers left in the capital of German opera. Lenz meticulously services and builds some of the most sought after pianos in the world. The ‘Grand’ armchair is made using the same materials and techniques that make a grand piano.

The frame is constructed in a hardwood composite that the piano maker compares to steel. This allows him to fix piano hardware to the construction. The brass lettering and decoration is then applied to the frame on which multiple coats of piano lacquer is then applied. The lacquer is sanded back to expose the brass detailing much like the brand of a piano. The lacquer goes through various stages of polishing to obtain a deep black shine. The piano maker normally makes his own strings with a combination of cold drawn steel and varying sizes of copper. These materials have been substituted for brass as it has a bit more give when using the strings to suspend the seat. The upholstery is executed by Kohlmaier one of the most highly recognized upholsterer in Vienna. Swedish leather is sourced from ‘Tärnsjö Garveri’ which is one of the most exclusive tanneries in northern Europe. It has been used on both Swedish and Danish furniture classics and is also used for ‘Brooks’ saddles for bikes. Glen Baghurst has selected first grade pieces from the tannery for use in this chair. The soft leather is vegetable dyed and will colour and age beautifully over time.

The form has been inspired by the turn of the century modernist movement in Vienna when architects like Josef Hoffmann and Otto Wagner were active. This period marked a transition from Art Nouveau to Modernism so there was a lot of work created that was rather modern with heavy decoration on the object. One of Otto Wagner’s buildings is situated on Naschmarkt a short walk from the showroom and workshop of the piano maker. Glen Baghurst has harked back to this era and used this decoration in combination with the modernist art deco form. The armchair was created in the project ‘Passionswege’ in which the designer Glen Baghurst and Master piano maker Felix Lenz were invited to work together for Vienna Design Week’s 10th Year Anniversary.