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Table, Bench, Chair

 

Client

Established & Sons, UK

 

Production

2009 -

 

It was while riding the Tokyo Yamanote line, that we noticed that the seating appeared as long red benches, free of any arm rests that would normally divide it into individual seats. To overcome the problem of seat assignment, the bench had one pink coloured zone - the size of a chair -  so that the first person to enter the train would unconsciously gravitate towards this pink part and sit down. This first passenger had effectively sub-divided the rest of the bench for everyone else, so that no space was lost, as the train got fuller along its journey.
 
What if there was a bench that used a chair to create a sitting zone. Table, Bench, Chair uses this observation to form a highly flexible matrix of different functions where its flexibility also results in its oddity.

An oak plank acts as the bench that can be of varying lengths. Bent wood is used to deleniate the chair, with a corresponding concave soffit to give a little more comfort. Table, Bench, Chair can be used for the hallway of a home, waiting areas, lobbies and set-down areas.

 

Awards

Best Furniture of the Year, Wallpaper Awards, London, 2010

Bo Bedre Furniture of the Year Award, Denmark, 2010

 

Exhibition

Turn, Twist and Branch Off, Aram Store, London, 2011

 

Further Reading

AXIS magazine

 

International Sales

Established & Sons

 
 
 

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Tronco seating
 

Client

Mattiazzi SpA
 

Production

2016 - 
 

Tronco is unlike our previous Mattiazzi designs that often have displayed a sculptural softness achieved by robotically removing material. Instead, its character is formed from solid planks of wood in what appears as very elementary construction, yet its simplicity is the result of iterative experimentation and a high regard for material honesty. It is made with the same extraordinary level of attention to detail that Mattiazzi is now known for. With Tronco, we are interested in the frisson between solid panel construction and the truly skilled craft of its making.

 

It has surprisingly natural comfort and works well in multiples, and not just alone. Its form is modest enough so that it takes on the appearance of ‘texture’ when shown in numbers. It lifts the atmosphere of interior spaces that


many chairs, whether it is a dining hall or a chapel and creates a terrain of its own in any architecture. It can stack 10-high on its own trolley and is connectable in long rows using a plastic connector. A range of coloured stains help to bring out the ash grain. The Tronco table is similarly made and chamfered at the edges so that it can join easily with others. With one or many, Tronco evokes solidity rather than frame.

 

Exhibitions
Designforum Wien, Austria, 2016

Salone del Mobile, 2016

 

Further Reading

Understanding Tronco, Disegno  

Tronco for Mattiazzi, Domus


International Sales

US: Herman Miller

Worldwide: Mattiazzi

 
 
 

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Run Collection
 

Client

Emeco, USA
 

Production

2016 - 
 

Run is a collection of tables, benches, shelving, and accessories – inspired by the collective, congenial atmosphere around public furniture like canteen tables, park benches, and library shelves. These typologies have the ability to feel natural for one to use and for many to share. Its materiality is recycled aluminium and Amish produced Ash wood that satisfies a multitude of uses at home, for hospitality or in the workplace. They are pure utility – resilient in material and timeless in form. It is made from simple, uniform planks and is specified simply by length of material, either aluminium, ash or cedar wood. The furniture can be used indoors or out and is available in 2440, 1830, 1220 and 830mm lengths, with corresponding Benches. Shelves are available in lengths of 1830mm. 

 

For the Table and Shelf, specially designed accessories (Platform, End and Bookend) help to delineate spatial and functional divisions along a plank, and the gap between planks is seen as a benefit for passing through electrical cables. Benches have the option of a felt pad for added comfort. Run Tables are also available in standing or seated heights, allowing for different activities like communal eating or meeting. The projects entirety acknowledges the benefits of being around others. Welcoming, useful, resilient, and simple.


Awards
ICFF Best Collection, 2016

Further Reading
Viaduct Interview
Disegno
Domus Magazine 

Film
Run by Juriann Booij 

International Sales
Emeco, US

Coexistence, UK 

 
 
 

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Plex Lounge Seating
 

Client

Herman Miller
 

Production

2016 - 
 

Plex is a modular soft-seating program that allows the ease of flexible grouping with a compact seat that’s designed for individual comfort. After extensive research and development, Plex is designed to support Office, Education and Healthcare settings. It is smaller than comparable soft-seats allowing greater planning density. 

Plex consists of a series of units that each provide comfort and usefulness and can be combined with other units to make additional settings - a simple hook allows the flexibility to re-arrange settings, turning a communal gathering area into a lecture theater.  It is engineered using Herman Miller’s extensive knowledge of ergonomics, anthropometrics and comfort, and uses super-seat technology in its webbing - a strectched rubber membrane that adjusts to whatever posture you may take. 

 


The seats can stay static with its wooden or plastic feet, move freely around with its wheels, or swivel with its swivel-base. Extra privacy for spaces where concentration and privacy are required, can use the Plex Club Seat height adjustable headrest. Stitching details have been designed to accommodate almost any fabric. Plex also has power. Both USB and mains can be integrated during specification, or added at a later date. And a lightweight height-adjustable Side Table is part of the collection.

 

Awards

Metropolis Likes Award, 2016
HIP Award, 2016 

Further Reading
Plex Catalogue 


Films
Plex Animation
 

International Sales

Herman Miller

 

 

 
 
 

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Tubo Chair

 

Client

TOG, Brasil

 

Production

2014 —

 

TOG is an innovative furniture company that plans to build a community, combining industry with craftsmanship, technology and humanity. The company is the brainchild of Brazilian industrial group Grendene, with Philippe Starck as its Creative Director. 

 

The foundation of TOG is to create a virtuous and unique sales system where the customer has the freedom to enjoy the distinguished design piece 'naked' - as proposed by the company and designer - or to apply their own personal mix of finishes and colors through a large platform of local craftsman. In the case of Tubo, we set out to create an advanced and economically viable recycled PET molding process, by working with the source of the raw material itself, that can then be freely customised.

The collection consists of chair with a variety of bases, along with working tables and mobile shelving. The chairs themselves are made from molded PET that is created from a raw blanket material formed from recycled platic bottles that would normally find their way into the waste stream. After a year of testing and analysis, a steel tool was developed that economically ‘polymerises’ and seals the PET into a semi-rigid shell. The shell is then supported by a spring steel exoskeleton that allows for comfort and movement.

 

Awards

Icon Award nomination 2014
Milan 2014 Best In Show, Metropolis Magazin

International Sales

TOG
 

Further Reading

Domus Magazine

ICON Magazin