En pointe with the new Ballet collection by Goldsworthy
Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlovna Pavlova was the first ballerina to tour the world. She wasn’t celebrated for her strength or poise - rather known as being technically inferior because of her small ankles! This didn’t stop her from capturing the hearts and minds of so many New Zealanders who in 1927 named their national dessert, the “Pavlova.” One can only assume that Pavlova gracefully floated across the stage in her flowing white tutu, and therefore inspired the dessert.
The Ballet collection captures a moment in the fluid movement of the dancer. Designed by Goldsworthy for Backhouse the Ballet collection “gives visual expression to the intimacy of furniture” says designer Nathan Goldsworthy.
The high back chair is like the secure hold of one’s beau. The embrace of the armchair is generous and comforting, lending itself to long lunches and longer conversations. The Ballerina table similarly resembles a dancer, with a tightly corseted waist. The table is both a pedestal for a meeting or cafe table, or it can be paired for a much longer meeting or dining table. Like the best pavlova, the Ballet collection is made in New Zealand.
Photography: Garth Badger, Thievery Studio.
Artwork: Land Grabber by Gavin Hurley / Hydrangeas by Derek Henderson