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The Seat of Power

The Seat of Power: Luke Irwin's first furniture design in collaboration with master cabinet makers Little Halstock. The Seat of Power is a conversation piece designed to start a dialogue about the changing nature of power. 

Luke's vision for the Seat of Power is to use it as a crucible for discussion and conversation around our perceptions of power. The conversation piece contains the conversation. 

Each chair is hand made to order and is an edition of five. Minimum 8 week lead time. Price: £15,000 (including VAT). 

Luke Irwin US
Luke Irwin US

The chairs are Luke Irwin’s first foray into furniture design and the very first in a series of collaborations from Little Halstock. Both pieces haves English Burr Oak frames, based on the hammer and sickle of the Russian flag. The seats are of Irish linen, printed with designs aimed to inspire and provoke debate. Each limited-edition piece is handmade by Little Halstock in their Somerset workshops.

Luke Irwin US
Luke Irwin US

My vision for the Seat of Power is to use it as a crucible for discussion and conversation around our perceptions of power. The conversation piece contains the conversation.

Luke Irwin US
Luke Irwin US

The initial design, The Seat of Power Politics, incorporates the Doves and Stripes rug Luke Irwin designed in 2008 and which was given to President Obama on the occasion of his inauguration as a gift from the Irish nation. Here, a mere ten years on, the same design takes on an- other incarnation as viewed through the lens of the Trump presidency.

This first piece sets up a dialogue about political power and it is the beginning of a series of chairs examining different areas of power. 

Luke Irwin US
Luke Irwin US

The second chair, The Seat of Power Media, sets up a conversation about the changing power of the press in an era of fake news. Luke Irwin and Little Halstock have other pieces under development, with the aim of prompting discussion around such politically pertinent issues as the #MeToo new female power phenomenon and the broader subjects of money, religion and gender. 

The Seat of Power Politics
Luke Irwin US

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