Craig Bassam is an architect whose career started with Bruce Eeles, a disciple of Marcel Breuer. His partner, Scott Fellows is a Harvard MBA who transformed the Swiss firm Bally. Together they are BassamFellows, described as “the design world’s A-team” by The Times of London . Carved entirely from solid wood, their Mantis Chair (2008) is a study in contrasts from the mixture of thick and thin to the combination of sharp and gently curved. Its dignified stance and commanding arms and back are evocative of the noble praying mantis, as is its ability to fit comfortably in both contemporary and traditional interiors much like camouflage. The Mantis Chair is used for residential and contract use worldwide, including Le Dauphin restaurant in Paris, whose interiors were designed by Rem Koolhaas and his associate Clement Blanchet. Made in U.S.A.
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