Lepidoptera Chair

Lepidoptera evolved following Simone LeAmon’s visit to an automotive textile manufacturer in Melbourne in 2008.

Winner of the 2009 Cecily and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award, National Gallery of Victoria (AUST).

“What I enjoy most about this chair are the 20 or so layers of fabric that form the frill around its perimeter – they reveal the recent history of automotive textiles in Australia” – Simone LeAmon

Lepidoptera evolved following Simone LeAmon’s visit to an automotive textile manufacturer in Melbourne in 2008. Taken on a tour of the factory she was shown a large room storing textile stillage – excess textiles, originally developed for Toyota, Ford and GM Holden. Using the stillage to inform her entry in the Cecily and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award Lepidoptera draws on the anatomy of a butterfly’s wing to inform the chair’s structure – a lamination of multiple layers of fabric. Translated to mean ‘scale’ and ‘wing’, Lepidoptera (moths and butterfly’s) are covered in minute scales. Simone’s fascination in the species extends to the study of Lepidoptera, bringing new perspectives to the topics of structure, colour and climate change.

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Lepidoptera Chair

Lepidoptera evolved following Simone LeAmon’s visit to an automotive textile manufacturer in Melbourne in 2008.

Continue reading