Box Orkney Chair
The Box Orkney Chair was designed by Fraser in 2008 but it maintains a strong link with its past. Orcadians in the 1800s built these ‘poor man’s chairs’ from creels and fish boxes, reclaimed from the shore.
The old creels were turned upside down to form the base, then rods were inserted and a straw back quickly stitched on. It was a relatively rudimentary and simple method of creating furniture, but one that served an important purpose in Orkney’s croft houses where buying expensive furniture wasn’t an option.
Our take on the design maintains that traditional feel. We’ve deliberately kept this one close to the ground to provide that warm, cosy feeling. The chair can come with a drawer or a hidden storage compartment under the seat and the small rocker on the base gives the chair a slight, pleasing movement. It can be made from a range of timbers – although the reclaimed creel design has its place, we want to make sure your new chair lasts a bit longer!