Architect Craig Bassam and his partner Scott Fellows are BassamFellows, described as “the design world’s A-team” by The Times of London. Their Spindle Chair (2012) was inspired by a trip to Phillips Exeter Academy Library – the brainchild of renowned architect Louis Kahn – in Exeter, New Hampshire. “Kahn paired a very traditional spindle chair with his powerful modern architecture,” says Bassam. “The contrast was simultaneously jarring and sublime.” By taking that design tension and applying it to a chair, Bassam has brought a new approach to the spindle archetype. The ergonomically shaped seat and streamlined back are supported by spindles rendered in metal rather than the traditional wood, giving the chair a sophisticated, airy feel and creating the illusion of two surfaces floating in space. The Spindle Chair is finished with a wipe-on combination of oil and sealer. No stains are ever used, and because of the natural variations in wood, every chair is unique. Made in U.S.A.
Solid American black walnut with brushed nickel base or solid ash with brass base.
"Luxury has to be comfortable and has to be easy," says Scott Fellows, half of the superstar design team BassamFellows. Fellows, a Harvard MBA and creative director, is credited with the complete makeover of Swiss fashion house Bally. His business partner, Craig Bassam, is an architect and designer whose career started with Bruce Eeles, the Australian architect who worked with Marcel Breuer. From Eeles, Bassam learned to emphasize nature's relationship to design. Together Bassam and Fellows have created Craftsman Modern, a new design movement that focuses traditional modernist principles honest materials, solid construction, utility, beauty without elaboration alongside warmth and natural materials, believing that nature is a key part of luxury living. "My work," says Bassam, "is all about merging the rationality and clarity of modernism with the warmth and texture of nature." ... Read more >