Chair design: Would you sit on spiders?

by MAVIS WONG on May 16, 2012 in Products
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Moving into the next chapter of her career, interior designer Melanie Nelson is having fun in the field of furniture

The story of AND Furniture tells us one thing – it’s never too late to discover your true calling in life. Trained as an interior designer in Manchester, Melanie Nelson – partner at Addison Nelson Design (AND) since 1993 – has been working in the interior design field for almost 30 years. During all those years, the London-based designer created bespoke furniture for her projects from time to time, including chairs for the Royal Academy of Music in London. Recently, she decided it was time to completely devote herself to her true passion – furniture.

“You just don’t realise what you’re interested in when you’re younger,” says Nelson, whose passion for furniture dates back many years. “As an interior designer, I’ve worked on furniture and I’m always interested in what’s in the market.” Creating one-off bespoke items was no longer enough for Nelson, hence the establishment of AND Furniture in 2010.

Last year, Nelson took it a step further by partnering Hong Kong-based textile designer and long-time friend Di White to form AND Furniture Asia. “Mel does all the designs – it’s her concept, her vision,” says White. “I do the implementation and coordination.” Earlier on this year, the duo launched their very first custom-made furniture collection in Hong Kong.

Nelson’s design ethos – to be fun and contemporary with exquisite craftsmanship – is eloquently exemplified in a whimsical spider-shaped chair. Named after the 1960s song Boris the Spider by English rock band The Who, the design is a humorous take on the eight-legged creature, imbued with the same black comedy as the song. The resulting design is simply breath-taking: creepy-crawly enough to give spider-haters goosebumps, yet luring them into a love-hate relationship with its delicate and playful design.

Read the full story, ‘Enjoy the fun’, in the June 2012 issue of Perspective magazine!