I wanted to create a chair that had a sense of familiarity, and for people to feel comfortable with it quickly. Something that has a quiet confidence and a familiar presence. The hope is that in doing so people can quickly forge a connection with it and imprint some of their own personality on the object, this then will hopefully lead it to becoming a treasured piece, with a long and well loved life.
The name Allay comes from the Old English word alecgan, which means “to put down”, as in literally “to lighten”. So, if you allay something, you are calming it or reducing its difficulties.