Allen Jones & Lola Lely

  • Lely 1
  • Lely & Allen
  • Allen
  • Lamination
  • Designer Shot
  • head
  • making
  • Finished Back
  • Side Shot

British artist, Allen Jones worked with RCA graduate, Lola Lely on a chaise longue.  The idea has been on the shelf for over a decade or two and according to Lola, ‘Allen’s idea stemmed from a story about Peggy Guggenheim and her mischievous nature. She commissioned a sculpture of a horse for her museum in Venice. The horse has a large organ which screws on and off. She often screwed it on when the nuns came by.’ 

The major making challenge was in the ergonomics. The piece needed to be shaped to suit Allen but he was not able to fit a visit in to the workshop so the Benchmark workshop travelled to Allen!  In the back of the van outside his London home, the shape was moulded and tweaked and tested until it was perfect.  It was then transferred to CAD and a polystyrene mould was made.

The chaise is made from maple veneer which was laid over the mould and pressed using a vacuum bag press.  This was then built up until it was 13 layers thick. The final two decorative layers (top and bottom) were made up of a design created by Allen with shapes cut from maple and walnut veneer. The piece was then sanded, edges chamfered, base scalloped and finished with oil.

The final touches are a tapered knob which slots into a socket to ‘reserve’ the chaise and a head made from laser cut layers of maple and walnut. that acts as a head rest.

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