The Show Pony. “An upholstered chair. An un-upholstered frame.”
Hannah Stanton’s ‘Show Pony’ is a chair that turns traditional notions of upholstery on their head. The hidden internal iron frame of a Victorian armchair has been exposed and re configured as a hand finished brass structure whose lines mirror corsetry of the period. The horsehair fabric seat is traditionally sprung and stuffed, but sits within the confines of a raw and exposed frame. A series of interchangeable and rearrangeable cushions provide a strong graphic element and flexible seating positions. Combining the precision craft of metal fabrication, traditional upholstery and design, the show pony is at once sculpture and a functional piece of furniture.
The design process for the ‘Ironback’ series begins with the stripped back frame from her Victorian chair collection. Reacting to what she discovers, Stanton will create a finished piece utilising a variety of techniques and materials. Like all her work the ‘Ironback’ series displays an intense attention to detail, design and craft. Although traditionally upholstered, each piece exposes and reveals the beauty of the previously concealed frame.
The Show Pony was on show at Second Sitters in April 2013 at The Cass. Please contact me for Press Release.