Armchair Quarterback by Doug Brown and Bren Ahearn

Design Showcase 2011

Design: Armchair Quarterback
Materials: Antique wingback chair, custom printed 100% cotton twill.
Designer: Doug Brown and Bren Ahearn - Manmade Workshop

"The Armchair Quarterback is the first piece produced by Manmade Workshop. It's an antique wingback chair that has been reupholstered in a new custom fabric design. The sporty flowers fabric is a gender blending design in pinks and blues that includes flowers composed of footballs and baseballs overlaid on a vibrant plaid. "

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"The contemporary textile design fitted on the classic form of the chair results in a playful critique of traditional gender roles in a domestic scene. An up-cycled ottoman (found on the curb) is reupholstered in a similar sporty flowers pattern printed at a smaller scale in bright pink and blue. Rounding out this trio of Manmade Workshop pieces is the 5'x8' panel of sporty flower fabric stretched over a wood frame. Who says the art shouldn't match the furniture?!

Mandmade Workshop is a new design and art collaborative run by the husband-and-husband team Bren Ahearn and Doug Brown. First and foremost, we make things that make us smile, and in the process we hope to also make other people smile and think about how we treat each other and our planet."

Designer: Doug Brown and Bren Ahearn - Manmade Workshop
Link: www.manmadeworkshop.com
Location: Sacramento, CA

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