ARTIST EDITION OF 88 LIMITED PIECES
I first came upon Sibast No 8 when visiting friends in the countryside, where I immediately fell in love with its familiar, yet original design – unmistakably Danish, but still apart from the rest of the great 1950’s chair designs. Investigating this gem, I learned that the chair was created in 1953 by Danish furniture designer Helge Sibast and had in fact been relaunched by Helge’s grandchild, Ditlev Sibast and his wife Anna. I decided to get in touch with the family to praise their work, subconsciously hoping to collaborate. Initially I never intended to alter the chair as its expression seemed next to perfect, but Ditlev Sibast’s great enthusiasm led me to suggest a new perspective.
Sunrise and sunsets have been reoccurring subjects in my recent work, representing an eternal spiral of passing and coming. One mans death is another mans birth. In this context it felt natural that the chair would embody a sunrise, the seat resembling the sun and the backrest its rays.Painting the prototype by hand, the colors were tweaked endlessly until we found a palette that looked like the sunrise I so dearly love. It is a great testament to the virtuosity of its design, that Sibast No 8 can carry an artistic reimagination like this, while still maintaining the original idea of its creator in clean, crisp and poetic lines.