Monday, April 6, 2009

Chair #96

—Designer unknown

Cerused oak made circa 1950's in the manner of Jean Prouvé — a French designer and engineer of the mid 1900's. The compass legs are clean and streamlined. So the question is... is this a chair for a draftsman or a chair for a sailor? 

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A “ceruse” finish is achieved by applying some sort of white material (for example,  paint or filler) to the pores of the grain where it is absorbed, leaving the non-porous areas untouched. This technique works so well with oak because has open porous graining. The result is an interesting patina finish, Trés rustic French.

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