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Palakkad Chair

Designer Nityan Unnikrishnan
Collection Contemporary Modern
Year/Period 2023
Dimensions ( cm / in ) H 33.7 / D 20.7 / W 18.6 H 85.5 / D 52.5 / W 47.0
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Product Description

The Palakkad Chair is designed by Goa based artist and furniture designer Nityan Unnikrishnan for Phantom Hands. An early version of the chair was designed and fabricated by Nityan in 2013. This version became a starting point for the collaboration between Nityan and Phantom Hands in 2022 and evolved into its present form over the course of several iterations.

Inspired by Japanese-American furniture maker George Nakashima’s work, the spindle emerged as the central character of the teakwood chair; with slim forms in the backrest and thicker versions for the legs of the chair. The spindle shape also lends itself to the four crossbars underneath.

The cane pattern for the chair features a unique wrap around weave that was developed specifically for the Palakkad Chair, making the seat ergonomically comfortable. This solid teak wood chair is lightweight, robust and can be used as a dining chair, desk chair or as a stand-alone living room chair.

Product Specification

Standard dimensions H 33.7 / D 20.7 / W 18.6 H 85.5 / D 52.5 / W 47.0
Materials Teak (Tectona grandis) Natural Cane
Product variants N/A -
Other information Seat Height - 18.6 47.0
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Product Options

We offer this product in a choice of two wood finishes: Natural Teak and Dark Stain.

For the Natural Teak finish, the wood is sanded and finished with hard wax oil to bring out the natural, golden-brown colour of the teak.

For the Dark Stain finish, a coat of water-based, teak stain is applied to give the wood a darker teak shade, followed by a coat of a sealer.

Wood Finish Options - Natural Teak / Dark Stain

Colour swatch of Natural Teak
Natural Teak
Colour swatch of Dark Stain
Dark Stain

Cane Weave Pattern - Palakkad Weave

Colour swatch of Palakkad Cane Weave
Palakkad Cane Weave
Image Courtesy: Chatterjee & Lal Gallery, from their booth at India Art Fair 2023

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It all started in 2013 with a birthday gift. Based then in New Delhi, artist Nityan Unnikrishnan, designed a wood-and-cane chair inspired by George Nakashima, as a gift for his friend. Now, almost 10 years and several iterations later, that chair has evolved, through a collaboration with Phantom Hands, into the Palakkad Chair.

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