The bevelled tops and the hole in the rods of the backrest aren’t just there for aesthetic reasons. They also perform a function if you want to take the chair apart. Put a rod through the hole and you’ve created a handle that makes it easy to pull the backrest out of its sockets.
Ferdinand is an armchair made to be sat in for long periods. The cushion is filled with vulcanised horsehair and the leather has the wrong side facing outwards. This keeps the cushion in place, making it a very comfortable sitting experience.
The art of fixing furniture together with wedges stretches more than 4,000 years back in time. In Ferdinand this has become a signature feature of the chair. The two turned wedges hold the chair’s weight-bearing struts together and are as important to the chair’s structure as they are to its identity.