Chosen by Helen Cresswell, Supervisor and Curator at Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
We ask makers, curators, designers, creative practitioners and the Crafts Council team to select their favourite object from the Crafts Council Collection and to tell us why.
I was drawn to this simple chair’s understated charm and elegance, with its Arts & Crafts styling and select refinement. Quietly traditional with an easy beauty, it looks light, practical, comfortable – a well-made chair fulfilling its purpose, created by a skilled craftsman. I think Reyner Banham would approve…
This chair by Alan Peters is the earliest piece from the Crafts Council’s Inside Out show, which we’re excited to be hosting at the Platform Gallery; we’ll be connecting visitors with makers, methods and materials in this celebration of the craft of furniture making.
In the 1960s Reyner Banham complained about what he called furniturization – how these previously unselfconscious and virtually invisible domestic items were now designed to be great monumental objects, assertively demanding our attention. The cult of the designer chair only gained momentum in subsequent years; Inside Out presents some truly iconic objects from the 1970s to the 2000s, but there’s much more to explore than famous names here. I’m looking forward to delving deeper into the design histories of these objects, investigating the raw ingredients they consist of, and developing the discussion with our visitors as they engage with the ideas generated by the exhibits and their supporting materials.
Inside Out will be showing at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe from 30 April - 9 July 2016