A ‘jumped up joiner’ is Anthony Hartley‘s description of himself. We think of him as the man who made us smile at Tent London which we visited as part of our recent BlogTour. Not that lots of people didn’t make us smile at Tent, it was one of our highlights of London Design Festival, one of many highlights, as it happens, but a week later Anthony’s colorful, playful, energetic designs are still vividly in our minds.
‘Sidney’ curls in and out of corners and up and down walls. It is made of laminated plywood for specific locations and achieves something which all those very trixie shelves out there can’t. It works well as shelves while still being fun. And if you like Sidney you are going to love Edna.
Meet Edna 1, an oak cabinet with a single multicolored laminated ply drawer, hand sprayed and lacquered to a high gloss finish. Edna 3 has three drawers making all sorts of double entendres about multi colored drawers, which I suspect wont work with non British audiences, possible. Nevertheless, it is a great and entertaining piece of furniture, so much so that it deserves a close up.
And, assuming you are now a fan of the stripey, fun and functional world of Anthony Hartley, we take great pleasure in introducing you to Mr Smith the second.
We are told that Mr Smith The Second is part of the evolution of Frank, a chair which Anthony designed with reference and homage to the architect Frank Gehry. Anthony’s chair was made from laminated and polished plywood and evolved into Mr Smith, the same chair created in multicolored acrylics, inspired by the iconic Paul Smith stripes. You don’t know Paul Smith? Not sure where you have seen it before? It’s Modenus Tim’s underwear of choice!
Anthony’s furniture is fun and it works. And we, as you can probably tell, are fans.