With practicing the unique, yet fading art of upholstery, my former student Mary Little and her husband Peter Wheeler have intellectually sought to redefine the art of seating. While the art of upholstery had been central to the production of decorative arts for centuries, it was lost in the early 20th century with the advent of machine-produced furnishings and the loss of Victorian textiles culture. Mary and Peter had formed their design studio Bius in London in 1997, and gained commissions from private collectors and such European museums as the
Victoria and Albert Museum, Vitra Design Museum, and the Museo de las Arts Decorativas in Barcelona. In 2001 they moved to San Francisco, where they taught at the California College of the Arts. Their work is characterized by sculptural, organic forms, and now crafted in their studio in New Haven.