From start to finish, every No Great Hurry seat is made by hand, which means that each one is unique. This delightful fact is expressed in various ways in the final product.
The beautiful timber frames are shaped from class 1 & 2 Australian hardwood, such as spotted gum, blackbutt and tallowwood, that is all entirely reclaimed. The timber gives clues to its previous life in the form of distinguishing features like notches and nail holes, insect markings, and discolouration that appears as black spots, patches and lines from oxidisation and long-gone nails and screws. Some holes and notches are filled and some are left as they are. These, along with the usual features of timber, such as gum vein, checks (small splits) and variations in colour, are all the hallmarks of a product made from a natural material and are an essential part of the No Great Hurry seat's charm. It is important to note that the colour of the frames will vary from a buttery blonde, through slightly more reddish shades to a mid-brown colour depending on the current supply of timber. After sanding, the frames are twice oiled with a natural blend of citrus, pure tung nut and eucalyptus oils with beeswax.
Here are some examples of the kinds of timber features you may expect to see on the seats:
The No Great Hurry fabric seats are constructed from heavy organic cotton and hemp canvas that has been tested for strength in a textile testing lab. All of the seats feature original prints from Assembly Design and are screen-printed by hand using water-based, solvent-free inks. Small variations, imperfections and discrepancies in registration may appear in the printing, each one a lovely reminder of the hand-made process. The exact placement of the design on each seat may vary from the example you see in the photographs onscreen, however the overall look and feel will remain the same.
Below are two examples of the idiosyncrasies of the hand screen-printing process:
Use and Care Instructions
- The excellent coloured hinges on each seat come coated with super-tough, lead-free acrylic paint that is resistant to chipping and rust. Do be gentle with them though and never try to unscrew them! They're stuck tight and the paint will only be damaged in the trying.
- It is ok if the No Great Hurry seats get wet but be sure to dry them fully before they are folded back up. They should be stored under cover somewhere dry and shaded when they're not in use. Leaving them out in the elements will cause the timber and canvas to deteriorate.
- It's best not to sit on the No Great Hurry seat when the canvas is wet! This could shift the print or transfer ink to your clothes.
- After some time, depending on use and wear, you may wish to protect the timber by re-coating it in tung nut or linseed oil, a commercial outdoor furniture oil or even bees wax. Take care to tape up the edges of the fabric where it touches the timber, so it doesn't get stained while you are oiling.
- The Fabric can be treated with a protectant like Scotchgard or this more eco-friendly version: http://furniturecareproducts.com.au/ecoshield-fabric-protection/. These will help the fabric to resist dirt and food marks etc but are no match for a red wine spill so do take care!
- The fabric can be gently cleaned with a sponge or soft bristled brush, warm water and laundry soap or fabric cleaner. To shift a tougher stain, it best to work at it from the underside of the fabric as abrasive scrubbing or rubbing of the print side when it is wet will smudge the print!
- Be careful not to use the No Great Hurry seats on ground that is too uneven or rough, as this may damage the timber and put undue pressure on the joints. And be sure to sit with your bottom squarely on the seat!