Inspired by nature and the ‘Merles and Raisins’ design which adorned the interior of the Orient Express, combined with the vibrant embroidered creations by Gucci’s new design director, Allessandro Michele, Aiveen Daly, specialist upholsterer, has created the new Paradise chair.
Functional, yet beautiful, it is strikingly upholstered in emerald green Tabularasa by Dedar and features a pleated gloss satin. The contrasting fabrics are stitched on the bias which due to the different weights and textures of materials meant it was a slow and meticulous task to perfect. A process for which Aiveen Daly has become renowned.
The gliding bird, a swallow depicting freedom – is entirely beaded and embroidered by hand with minute bronze, black and gold beads and gold thread. The legs are lacquered in black gloss with generously sized, bespoke brass sabots. The architectural lines created where the pleating meets the plain fabric provides depth and texture to the piece and is a technique that is extremely hard to achieve. The Simple lines and couture inspired details create a truly unique, meticulously executed and luxurious chair which also acts as a work of art or centre piece in a room.
It takes a highly specialized and skilled team of more than seven expert craftspeople (frame maker, paint specialist, embroiderer, metalworker, designer, pleater and upholsterer) to create the Paradise chair. The team work together to create the piece over four months. As with all of Aiveen Daly upholstery, the frames are solid hard wood made in England and the upholstery is meticulously undertaken in the London studio.