ROLF SHANKLEY, QUAKER BENCH, 1999
780(H) x 1200(W) x 580(D)mm
An understanding of classical proportions is an essential element of Rolf’s design. The Quaker Bench aims to support a person quietly, both physically and mentally, to encourage contemplation. It is contoured to conform to body shape and to assist in positioning the body in an upright position. Overall, the piece gives an impression of lightness and inspires a feeling of calm.
Rolf grew up watching his father making things in his workshop. Inspired by his father’s love of the work of Ernest Gimson and the Arts and Crafts movement, Rolf became a designer and craftsman himself. Informed by music and classicism, Rolf strives to harmonise the objects he designs, to integrate the form and function of the object with the life of the owner.
“ [My father] actually made me a toolbox and filled it with tools for me. It was really lovely of him, and I still have the toolbox and the tools and some of them still get used.”
Born: 1948, Perth, Western Australia