Gentlemen, it’s time to dust off your most covetable malts as we give you a low-down on how to immerse in pure drinking pleasure. Luxury Scotch whisky brand, The Glenlivet commissioned British design maker Gareth Neal to create the ultimate Dram Chair. Inspired by The Glenlivet Nàdurra, a connoisseurial whisky crafted in small batches using traditional techniques, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair is made straight from the source to capture the spirit of Nàdurra (meaning “natural” in Gaelic) in both function and form.
The bespoke chair is handcrafted in the oak that is conducive to the maturation of the single malt whisky, to quite literally submerge the chair owner in the materials intrinsic to the creation of The Glenlivet Nàdurra. A dram can be nestled comfortably on the chair’s arm (the choice of which side being given to those commissioning an order), while the seat comprises selected Aberdeen Angus leather steeped in oak bark via a natural process carried out by the only remaining oak tannery in Great Britain.
The scooped shape adds support while copper rivets mirroring the copper stills used in the whisky production process, ensure that the chair is sturdy, hardwearing and built to last. Each of the made-to-order chairs will be numbered to ensure subtle variations and originality for every one of the collector’s items.
“Enjoying a dram is a moment of escapism and I wanted to immerse the sitter in the materials that have brought this moment of pleasure about, in absolute comfort. The piece is so lightweight that it can literally be transported to a location of choice. I imagined a dramatic vista of the Scottish Highlands but the collector will create his own perfect Nàdurra moment,” designer Gareth Neal said in a statement.
The original design will be on display at The New Craftsmen store in London from October 14th for a limited time, after which it will be relocated to its residence at The Glenlivet Distillery in Scotland. A limited number of chairs can be commissioned to order at a cost of £6,200 ($9,900) each.