The J.A.C. Armchair - American cherry
Todd Hammond is Workplace Interiors Sector Leader for global architecture practice Woods Bagot and is based in Sydney.
A leader in Australian interior design, Todd has worked on many widely-recognised and award-winning projects over the past fifteen years. He is passionate about delivering the very best in functional, sustainable and innovative environments that enable organisations to be leaders in their respective fields.
Todd’s leadership within a creative studio environment is based on collaboration, knowledge sharing and mentoring of staff. Projects under Todd’s direction range from the most unique of creative agency fit-outs, strategised workplaces for large professional service firms, through to hospitality venues and private residences.
Materials I work with most…
All of my projects feature timber in one way or another, with the addition of other materials like metals, natural stone and glass. Timber balances and softens a space to create a diversity and warmth that cannot be replicated with anything other than timber.
The characteristics of timber cannot be reproduced and that’s what makes it one of the most unique materials that a designer can use. Timber is also one of the most sustainable materials but unfortunately this trait is commonly overlooked. On the plus side, this project will reinforce the environmental advantages of working with timber.
What I like about wood…
I am drawn to the fact that timber species perform and present differently for different functions. Some species have a tenure that can evolve throughout their life. American cherry is a perfect example of this type of species and is one of my favourite wood types to design and work with. It initially presents itself with a pure, untainted, uninfluenced character but as it ages it starts to be influenced by its owner and develops its own personality. I have completed several projects in Sydney using American cherry as a primary material and feature. These projects include:
Herbert Smith Freehills – Law Firm, 16,000sqm
Lawrence Street House – Residential, 300sqm
Lowy Institute – Executive Offices, 2,000sqm
UTS Chancellery Office – Executive Offices, 4,000sqm
Paramount by The Office Space – Serviced Offices, 300sqm
What was the inspiration for the J.A.C. Armchair?
Designing furniture is part of what I do, but to develop a stand-alone armchair is a rare opportunity that I was eager to embrace. This project with AHEC is an exciting opportunity to work with skilled furniture creators as well as some of my favourite timber species. My inspiration was to develop an armchair with a simple aesthetic that exposes its structure, showcases the timber species and celebrates craftsmanship. It also had to be comfortable, as a low non-upholstered armchair needs contours in the right places. The J.A.C. Armchair is part of a broader family that was developed for this project and I hope to one day create the entire family to complement this piece.
pictures by Tom Ferguson