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Item of the day: Springwood Chair

At first glance this chair and footstool look like something out of a fairytale. With their windy contours and peculiar shape, these wooden creations are quite a sight to behold. An adaptation of the original chair first created by local craftsmen James Edwards and Richard Henley nearly two decades ago, this item is a true display of handmade skill. It is very much a functional piece of furniture, created with the sole purpose of supporting the body for relaxation. It is therefore extremely comfortable and something we can certainly picture ourselves kicking back in. Thanks to its being handmade, the sides of the chair and footstool were formed as a continuous lamination, by placing several layers of wood on top of each other. The tedious process is the very reason that the set is undoubtedly a collector's item. After qualifying as a joiner in South Africa approximately 30 years ago, Richard moved to England to study furniture design and has been working wood professionally ever since. 'The Springwood is designed to become an heirloom, its character strengthened by patina – the result of human contact over time', he says. His furniture is designed and created in his small workshop in Bibby's Hoek, on the edge of the Knysna forest. If you're in the area, the team encourages visitors to stop by to observe traditional wood design techniques in person. They also make an effort to use contemporary materials and renewable resources. The chair can be seen at the Natural Edge Gallery in Sedgefield or at the FAD Collective in Oubaai, both along the Garden Route. If you'd like to add one of these exclusive pieces to your furniture collection, the chair retails at R8 250 and the footstool at R4 100. As Richard sums it up, 'There's no better refuge after a long, hard day'. For more information call Full Circle Furniture on 079-997-7900, e-mail fullcircle.henley@gmail.com or visit fullcirclefurniture.co.za.