SNAP CHAIR

PETER COSTELLO, SNAP CHAIR, 1993

GOLDEN SASSAFRAS VENEER, HOOP PINE PLYWOOD,STAINLESS STEEL, STEEL & DYE CAST ALUMINIUM HINGES, STAINLESS STEEL RIGGING WIRE
825(H) x 415(W) x 420(D) mm

THE WORK

The Snap chair is one of a range of lightweight folding furniture (not to be confused with picnic settings). The underlying engineering principals capitalise on the great strength of laminated timber. By putting it under tension and applying curves the chair when opened becomes a tight and rigid unit. The ‘Snap’ Chair derives its name from the snapping sound made when the chair is unfolded and clicked into its upright position. The chairs were successfully manufactured over several years in the 1990s, with a total of nearly 500 chairs being produced. The Snap Chair has made it into publications such as Craft Arts International, Vogue Living Australia but most significantly it has been included in the international publication, 50 Chairs, Innovations in Design and Materials, Mel Byars, Rotovision,  Switzerland.  It was also includes in the Best Tables Chairs, Lights, Mel Byars, Rotovision, Switzerland.

THE MAKER

Peter Costello trained as a violinist at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in the late 1960s. His varied career since then has encompassed music, high school teaching, and casual lecturing in design at the University of Tasmania, boatbuilding and furniture design. All are powerful factors in his creative life. Peter studied at the Centre for Furniture Design, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Tasmania in 2003. He currently operates Costello Design Studio, through which he undertakes retail and domestic interiors as well as public and private furniture and design commissions.

Born: 1947, Hobart

Dip. S. Mus, Conservatorium of Music, 1968; PHD, University of Tasmania, 2000