Jaci Foti-Lowe immediately responded to the Smock Chair. “Patricia has a way of looking at objects, whether it’s a vase or a chair, and finding inspiration from a completely different field,” she says. “In this case it was a bag and creating what you see now as the Smock Chair,” she adds, who also appreciates the way Urquiola fuses the soft with the strong in all her designs. “You have the steel base and arms combined with the softness of the smocking.”
Soon after this chair arrived in Australia, Jaci organised an exhibition, inviting a number of Australian designers, including designers such as Akira Isogowa, Lisa Gorman and Christy Barber to bring their own ‘voice’ in developing a fabric to cover the chair. “It’s a classic, a totally new idea that breaks new ground in the design world,” she adds.