Eliana Tomaz

London Design Festival - Wallpaper* Chair Arch.

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In the courtyard garden of the Victoria & Albert Museum, a key location for the festival, Wallpaper* magazine has chosen to revive a long-forgotten British tradition; when towns would build a commemorative arch spanning the high street to celebrate a royal visit or other special occasion. With designer Martino Gamper, the magazine has constructed a spectacular double arch using 160 original Ercol stacking chairs, made in High Wycombe, central England, once centre of the UK chair industry. It was also the location of the first chair arch, built in 1877 for a visit by Queen Victoria.

Text from Financial Times (House & Home sup.) September 19/20 2009.

Photographs by Eliana Tomás.