Evangelos Vasileiou describes Humphrey: “To
sit in this armchair is to be invited on a journey;
a journey which takes place both in the here and
now and in magical universes. Humphrey could
be part of a cinema set in a ‘film noir’.
One could well imagine it in the lobby of a
New York tower block, in the entrance hall of a
building in Brasilia, in a hotel lounge in Berlin or
Havana, or in a bar in Paris or Cairo.
Alongside these dreamlike evocations, the
armchair’s design asserts a certain modernity
and a place in its time with its eciency and
economy of meals. The two massive volumes of
the seat float in the air, suspended from a slim,
elegant structure, a gesture like the pen-stroke
of a calligrapher.
To the steel wire and fabric of the seat, a third
material is added for the armrest: solid sculpted
wood, a noble, welcoming materials which functions
like a punctuation mark to the fluid writing
of the structure. Vasileiou is revisiting the 1950s with his very
appropriately-named Humphrey armchair,
which is just as classically chiselled as the famous
of the famous actor.
Accompanied by its footrest, it becomes a
chaise longue. Plomb-coloured metal base; seat
in leather or fabric; armrests in natural or blackstained
oak – and all this at an accessible price.