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PAD London 2009, Berkeley Square, London, UK

In 2009, David Collins Studio were invited to collaborate with PAD and the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children to create a one-off child’s chair. The chair was displayed at the Pavilion of Art & Design fair in London’s Berkeley Square and auctioned via sealed bids. Eileen Gray’s Serpent armchair, which sold for $28m in the estate sale of Yves St Laurent and Pierre Bergé, was the inspiration for the comfortable little seat, upholstered in coloured felt and surrounded by a carved wood snake, realised by David Collins Studio. “It’s slightly subversive, which is something children love,” stated Collins. “When people design for children they often underestimate their aesthetic appreciation and produce something dumbed-down and disposable. I wanted to create something beautiful that could become an heirloom.”