“Of our occasional chairs, Caspar is the only one with eight-way hand-tied springs. It’s more costly to create, as you might expect, because it takes more experience and more time to produce. This is principally why we don’t offer it on every chair design, otherwise it would price everything much more highly, and we’ve always been keen to provide a model that spans budgets. Caspar is a smaller piece, however, and has a more straightforward shape to which this spring structure can be applied. With a more complex shape such as Audrey or Amelia, anchoring the springs to their curved form is difficult, hence why they lend themselves better to the serpentine spring construction. Similarly, to use eight-way springs on the Long Island or Olivia sofas would perhaps be unwise as their sheer surface area would quite dramatically inflate the price.
When we introduced the eight-way springs on the Caspar armchair, the comfort level became one of its defining features. As such, a crucial aspect to its design was reapplying the armchair’s extraordinary comfort – it is, after all, one of our most comfortable chairs. Unlike a serpentine spring that flexes and bends as force is applied to it meaning, from front to back, there’s one component managing weight distribution across the length of the piece in one movement, an eight-way spring, by comparison, is hourglass in shape, laid in a grid within the seat and bound together by string horizontally, vertically and diagonally – hence, eight-way. This allows each spring to react to weight independently. For example, there’s a difference between how much pressure your back applies to a sofa versus your legs – they require different levels of support. With eight-way hand-tied springs, each part of the seat can adapt as necessary, flexing and bending with great fluidity and intuition.”