Founded in 1944 by brother-and-sister team John and Dorothy Davis, Davis Furniture has adapted with the times, bringing new family members into its team with each generation. Likewise, the company continues to add new generations of furniture with an eye toward future growth. One of the latest additions is Sketch, a collection of versatile conference chairs designed by Burkhard Vogtherr and Jonathan Prestwich.
The collection's horizontal back seam encourages designers to combine upholstery fabrics
Designed to work in a range of office spaces, from conference rooms to lounge areas, Sketch is constructed for comfort with several layers of foam applied to a bent plywood shell, and a seat pan molded to conceal extra layers of cushioning.
Designers can choose from a high-back option, in addition to models with elliptical legs available in oak or walnut options, or sled or cross-framed bases. All are available in chrome and powder-coated finishes. To encourage the use of multiple fabrics, Vogtherr and Prestwich framed Sketch with a horizontal top-stitch detail running the length of the chair's arms and back.
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About the Manufacturer: Davis Furniture's mission is to be a leader in the contract furniture industry for superior design in aesthetics and function with an international contemporary influence, while maintaining a dedication to customers by providing superior service and overall value with the highest corporate integrity.
About the Designers: European designer Burkhard Vogtherr has won many awards in Europe and the United States for seating design. Davis' relationship with Vogtherr goes back to the mid 80's when he designed Motion, a new type of ergonomic chair. Since then he has worked with multiple international companies such as Arco, Cappellini, Sellex, and Girsberger. His awards include Best of NeoCon; reddot; Furniture of the Year; and IF.
After finishing school Jonathan Prestwich started his design career in Boston, Massachusetts where he stayed briefly before heading to France to work with one of Davis' veteran designers Burkhard Vogtherr. After six years with Burkhard as a mentor, Jonathan moved to London where he opened his own studio. Jonathan has brought his experience together with a desire to make products for the next generation of users, fusing influences from nature and modern technology, with a goal to create simple, elegant, innovative products.