British designer Benjamin Hubert launched his new collection of furniture for De La Espada at The Tramshed during the London Design Festival last month.
Comprised of chairs, lighting, a table and small storage side tables, we reckon it's Hubert's strongest set of designs yet, combining a mixture of age old artisanal technique with high tech production.
'Coracle' is a large lounge chair inspired by the small and ancient ‘coracle’ boats, where a woven leather construction supports the sitter in a little basket. Leather is also used in the 'Cargo' chairs - although their reference point is much more recent - with the luxurious perforated seats recalling car interiors.
Other pieces with a historic tinge are the 'Silo' tables which take their forms from grain storage devices. The Silo tables utilise the space normally reserved for a solid base or table legs, as storage. The tables’ focal point is created by a graphic interpretation of a traditional grip feature cut into the timber surface.
We particularly love the 'Quarry' marble pendant lamps which cleverly utilise marble’s translucent properties to diffuse the light and reveal its veining - and even these have an artisan, old world feeling - the interior surface is reminiscent of the first cut made by renaissance sculptors to rough out a form.
'Gabion' is a pedestal dining table made of ash, powder-coated steel, and granite. The metal cage base contains the ballast that creates the structures stability and plays with the idea that this is usually hidden.
The old world reference here?
We reckon it's cannonballs...