Thursday 21 February 2013

Designer Brodie Neill's Hand-Made Limited Edition Reverb Chairs

Australian designer Brodie Neill's sculptural Reverb chair is made as a limited edition piece for the Patrick Brillet Gallery in London, writes Jeanne-Marie Cilento.

INSPIRED by the reverberation of sound, the chair flows outward before returning back to itself. The dynamic, conical design is hand-made in London from gleaming nickel-plated aluminium. "The highly reflective surface of the Reverb's design emphasises the tapering of the chair and the transition from the curvaceous seat to the elliptical vortex of the back," explains the designer. 

Neill also created another version called the Reverb Wire chair.  This light-weight, transparent chair is made by Italy's Marzorati Ronchetti in mirror-polished stainless steel. Created in a limited edition of twenty, the designs were first shown at the Salone del Mobile in Milan last year. 

The shape of the Reverb Wire chair is an interpretation of the original version but with a wire-frame. "The mesh amplifies the vortex and the flowing contour lines and maps out the conical shape of the chair's expanding geometry," says the designer. Complex but at the same time beautifully simple. 

Brodie Neill launched his original solo collection of organic, high-tech furniture and lighting at Salone Satellite in Milan in 2005. This exhibition of dynamic prototypes led to his disovery by Gregorio Spini, co-founder of Italian design house Kundalini. The company went on to produce the Morphie light, fluid E-turn seat and the luminous Clover lights. 

Based at his own studio in London's fashionable East End designer hub, Neill has created a series of celebrated designs such as the curvaceous @ Chair, the Scuba sofa for Domodinamica and Jet table for Swarovski. The sculptural, artistic aspect to Neill's work has been further developed by the limited edition designs he has produced with the Patrick Brillet Gallery including the sinuous new cast-glass Glacier bench.

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