Our customer wanted to present the football shirts he had collected over the 30 years working with world class footballers. Rather than frame the shirts or keep them in boxes in the loft, his idea was to upholster a chair using the gifted and signed shirts. We provided a traditional Parker Knoll style chair, changed the legs, restored the internals and followed his exact instructions as to where each shirt should show. The chair was to tell a story of his professional life.
It will sit in Grants office at his new home in the Scottish highlands next to the picture window that looks at a mountain. It will be a great talking point and be a reflection piece of art for the proud owner.
Grant kindly outlined the story behind the Football Shirt Chair as below:
I can’t tell you how delighted I am with the work you were able to do with the ‘football chair’ we designed. It will have a special place in our new home on the Isle of Arran when we move in the summer.
I have spent the last 32 years working in elite professional football & worked for The Football Association, Glasgow Rangers FC, Middlesbrough FC & Manchester City FC. I am a physiotherapist by profession & have worked for a number of years as a performance lead in professional football. I have collected many shirts from players, who are just ordinary people but special performers, who I have worked with over this time & I wanted to create a piece of ‘artwork’ that depicted my journey & the impact in a positive way they have had on me.
I now deliver leadership talks on my journey globally & I will reference the chair from what I learned on my journey & the lessons I learned from working with some great people.
It also allows me time to look at it & reflect on key decisions moving forward inspired by the people I have worked with.
Grant Downie OBE