higgie chair

Dear Harry,
It was good to meet you last week at ICFF, hope you enjoyed the rest of the show. Thought I would send you some pictures of the chair that was photographed on the back of my stand which you made comment on.
We are now ready to launch the chair properly as a one off collaboration between designer and artist and wandered if you might like to feature it. I believe Anna posted it to her personal blog but that is it at present.

Let me know if you would like to know anything else, there is some information below.

Many thanks,


Furniture designer Charlie Crowther-Smith collaborates with artist
Anna Higgie to create the ‘Higgie Chair’

Charlie Crowther-Smith was always a fan of Anna Higgie’s work, so when she agreed to collaborate and create a piece of art from his furniture – he was very happy..

The Bristol-based duo took a refreshing approach to collaboration: to work completely independently. After painting one of his Tri-Ply Dining Chairs white, Charlie handed it over to Anna to add her bold, intoxicating style.

Charlie said: “I like the idea of producing a piece of furniture and giving it to an artist as a blank canvas. I didn’t want to influence Anna’s illustrations – in the same way that she didn’t influence the way I designed the chair.”

The Tri-Ply Dining Chair, with its simple geometric shapes, makes a striking contrast against Anna’s free-form patterns and vibrant colours – applied using graffiti pens.

The Try-Ply Dining Chair is made from sustainable birch ply, and because four chairs can be made out of just one sheet, there is very little waste.

The ‘Higgie Chair’ is Charlie’s second collaboration. In 2011 he worked alongside artist Christian Taylor on their screen printed ‘Two Halves Cabinet’ – a piece of furniture acclaimed at 100% Design, the UK’s largest design trade event, and sold all around the world.


For more information or images, please contact info@charliecrowther-smith.com

Further info:

Charlie Crowther-Smith

Charlie Crowther-Smith is a British furniture designer and maker. After completing a City & Guilds in Traditional Cabinet Making, and working for other makers to gain experience, he set up a workshop of his own. He combines traditional and new building techniques and materials, and his work reflects his contemporary attitude to design.

Sustainability is always a key concern and all pieces are handmade in the UK. His work has been exhibited across the UK and Europe, and sold as far afield as Lane Crawford in Hong Kong. It has been featured in several National and international publications. In 2011 he was nominated as best newcomer in the BLUEPRINT Magazine Awards at 100% Design.

Two Halves Cabinet: www.charliecrowther-smith.com/furniture-two-halves.html


Anna Higgie

Anna Higgie is an artist and fashion illustrator currently working out of Bristol, UK. She has worked with some of the most coveted clients in the industry such as Sigerson Morrison and Bloomingdales, NYC.
She originally studied painting at the National Art School in Sydney before deciding to pursue illustration.