The Ribbon rocking chair design by Katie Walker consists of three main component parts: the laminated ash ribbon, the leather covered plywood seat shell and the stainless steel rod framework.
Whilst none of the three component parts are independently strong, together, they work to produce a rigid structure of great strength. The backrests, armrests and runners made from one continuous piece creating a single fluid form that is light, both visually and physically. Its parts where produced in a number of small British workshops specializing in bespoke high quality work.
The laminated ash band is constructed from layers of 1.5 mm ash veneer and the lightness achieved is, in part, due to the use of epoxy. Not only is it incredibly strong but the long curing time enables the laminates to be laid up and cramped in position before the onset of curing. Due to the quantities involved the epoxy is mixed and applied by hand with rollers to both sides of the sanded laminates. The mould itself was constructed of a continuous band of sprung steel. The process would not have been possible without the advantages that the epoxy provides.
It has become a classic of its time winning the Wesley Barrell Craft Award in 2006, the Wood Awards in 2006 both the furniture and the innovation categories, a guild mark by the Worshipful Company of Furniture makers and The Grand Designs Furniture and Product of the year awards in 2007. In 2011 Manchester Art Gallery purchased a Ribbon rocking chair for their permanent collection, the purchase was aided by the Art Fund and the V&A.
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