Unlike the lighter plastic versions of the Coconut Lounge Chair, Bill’s three pieces at home, a renovated church in Middle Park, aren’t simply moved around. Constructed in steel with a heavy chrome tubular metal base, they appear light but are heavy to lift. Two of these chairs can be found in the living room, with its soaring cathedral ceilings, one covered in bright red fabric, the other in a yellow-tinged ochre. The third chair, covered in olive green, takes pride-of-place in the main bedroom. Framed by art (Bill has been collecting paintings and furniture for decades), the aesthetic is one of eclecticism.
Bill enjoys combining periods of design, whether it’s Biedermeier from the late 19th century or the more recent icons such as the Coconut Lounge Chairs. And while one can find a reproduced Coconut Lounge Chair, the originals occasionally appear on-line for around $AU10,000. “At last, people have caught on,” Bill adds.