My extremely-capable-could-easily-have-done-it-herself good friend Claire bought cracker of a rocking chair on ebay last year. A woman after my own heart, she’s the kind to drive to Newcastle to collect chair for her one-day house. You know, the house you don’t have yet but you will – one day.
From what I can gather this rocker sat in the garage, cluttering up the ‘man cave’ until she let me put my hands on it. In the end her due date (not to mention an imminen studio move) finally bumped this chair baby to the top of the list.
There was some to-ing and fro-ing around the theme. We talked scandinavian designers like we had the budget and we imagined 50’s knock off textiles more realistically, but nothing stuck. And then one day we bumped into each other and found a spotty swatch of blues and browns and Mr Max’s color scheme was born.
After clarifying that it could be a kids chair instead of Adult design po-mo contemporary, I set about fashioning a design after one of my favourite kids book Illustrators.
Tomie de Paola wrote Strega Nona, and The Hunter and the Animals – a text free book depicting animalshiding in precarious places from a lovable but clearly stupid hunter. I don’t remember the gist of it, the hunter may or may not have learned a lesson, but man those animals and trees were something else.
There was a lot of pfaffing around with paper templates and pins, all the detail is hand appliqued and over-embroidered by hand, and some machine over the top for durability.
The limited colour palette keeps the chair from overwhelming the room. Dylan Max can overwhelm a room all on his own!
Before delivering an amazingly cute baby boy, my good friend who is extremely capable built a story book nook just for the chair (the way I tell it anyway). What a duo!
NB there are supposedly some amazing shots from Dylan’s newborn photo session with hi on the chair – can’t wait to share when they come through!