Alan Flannery Furniture Design

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Amplex Chair 

Amplex chair in ebonised Oak accented with grey leather seat and back rest

Amplex chair in ebonised Oak accented with grey leather seat and back rest


 A chair designed with the intention of occupying the space at the intersection of form and function. It has been created from the seating position out, aiming to provide comfort and support to the user through its curved, cushioned seat and back rest which are clad in soft leather. This comfort and support gives the chair its name “Amplex” taken from the Latin word for hug or embrace.


The chair is also designed to convey this comfortable and pleasurable sitting experience through its aesthetic, it’s curved, flowing shapes soften its appearance and the arms and seat angle outwards as if inviting the viewer to take a seat. The chairs dynamic stance aims to give it a personality and a gait that suggests it is just about to move.


The Amplex chair shown here is created from prime European Oak, much of which is hand-shaped and sculpted and gains its rich black colour from an ebonizing process. This involves colouring the wood naturally using a mixture of iron filings and vinegar which reacts with the tannins in the wood. This rich hue is complemented by its monochromatic counterpart in the form of the soft grey leather. A bespoke Amplex chair can ordered in any wood species and fabric combination allowing it to be customised to match any interior while retaining its style, poise and comfort. It can also be ordered in an all wood configuration with the seat and back rest also made from wood.