The Bertha chair evokes the warmth of the island’s wooden interiors. The simple yet precise solid plank construction was inspired by the local boat building and coopering traditions. The name came out of a conversation between the designer, Donna Wilson, and Zita Cobb of the Shorefast Foundaiton: “When Zita found out that I was Scottish and my last name was Wilson, she shared a story about the only other Scottish woman she had ever met who went by the name of Wilson – Bertha Wilson. A woman of modest means, she became the first female appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. It seemed like such a fitting name for such a humble and modern chair.”
Donna collaborated with the Winds and Waves Artisans Guild to create quilted cushion covers where the shingle outlines, inspired by the Brett House in Joe Batt’s Arm, are the stitching patterns for the 100% lambs wool covered cushions.