Hamilton Holmes


Edition of 10

Nicholas Hamilton Holmes often finds inspiration in unorthodox places. For the Canadian furniture maker’s new OXALINO collection, he cites a medley: “old tattoos, meditation, and French Provincial style.” Bearing his emerging studio’s signature tubular forms, the sturdy OS Chair at first seems unassuming, but look closer—the reference points reveal themselves. The meditative quality of human brush strokes induce a calming effect. The alluring imperfections of handicraft, from organic patterns to dye bleeding, recall rudimentary prison tattoos. On the other hand, the blue-and-white finish drums up the casual elegance of a manor house in the French countryside. The hand-woven Danish Cord seat, meanwhile, pays homage to the traditional woodworking methods that serve as the foundation of his studio’s sculptural furnishings. 

Perhaps the most striking feature is the OXALINO pattern. Holmes hand-painted the spiraling decoration with an oxidizing solution onto tannin-rich white oak like zebra stripes, affording the OS Chair a bold, contemporary edge. "It adds energy and extreme graphic qualities, while also being subtle from afar,” Holmes says of the maximalist finish, which embraces nature and artifice in equal measure. “The technique was less chosen, more found.”

Material Combinations
  • Natural
  • White Oak/ Natural Danish Cord
  • Oiled Walnut/ Black or Natural Danish Cord

  • Made to orderplease allow a lead time of 6-8 weeks
  • Custom wood species and woven shaker tape options available

OXALINO OS Chair purchase comes with complimentary Surface x LAYER Straws set.

By The Numbers:

8 hours to hand-weave the Danish Cord seat
450 feet of cord used in each OS Chair
1944 the year designer Hans Wegner first used Danish Cord
20 hours to make each chair 
19 individual wooden pieces in each chair
2 ingredients in the oxidizing solution, iron and vinegar
0 harmful chemicals used in the super-low VOC finish 
1500 years since the invention of the ladder back chair, tracing back to the Middle Ages