SP01 Design launches its first outdoor furniture collection
Designed by Australian Tom Fereday, SP01 Outdoor is an elegant series of chairs, tables and stools. Made in Italy by leading manufacturers, the range was designed and tested to withstand the toughest of environments – the Australian outdoors.
Following from the success of its launch collection in February 2016, the team at SP01 have worked with Australian designer Tom Fereday for their second range, SP01 Outdoor. Fereday is a rising star of industrial design and was ideal for designing this collection. He has worked on a diverse range of projects and as an Australian has an innate understanding the impact environment can place on outdoor furniture.
As with the original collection, SP01 Outdoor is 100% manufactured in Italy using leading manufacturers.
SP01 has taken extraordinary steps to ensure the product is superior in quality. For example, salt mist testing for this collection was done for 1500 hours. To put this in context, 800 hours is the standard test for the automotive panels for many car brands.
SP01 Outdoor has a similar design approach to the launch collection. At a glance it is pared back and minimal, yet upon closer inspection each piece has a refined detailing. This collection has a heavy focus on the bending of metal wire, which is then mixed beautifully with an earthy natural material palette including marble and timber.
In the chair collection, the beauty of the wire bending process is that the material creates not only a visual intricacy, they are also the basis for the chairs’ functional comfort and strength. The decorative quality, reminiscent of a fine rope is also a by-product of a designing for comfort.
Wire bent pieces are wonderful due to their sinuous silhouettes and sophisticated details, and can only be made with a world class manufacturer, as the simple design means there is nowhere to hide imperfections.
Designed with an international aesthetic, SP01 Outdoor is available in a selection of bold yet timeless colours which make the collection usable for both indoors and out.
A System That Exists In Space
North designer Arik Levy has come up with a new category of lamp. One that fuses a floor lamp and a suspended lamp, recreating a floating effect. A long carbon fibre rod, its lightweight and flexible qualities making it the perfect support, hangs from the ceiling via an almost imperceptible steel cable. A counter-weight at floor level guides the electrical cable from the conical shaped shade to the wall socket and makes it possible to place the light fitting in any desired position. With its essential design North pierces the air extending its luminous coverage while defining a space without overwhelming it.
Lightness And Minimalism
The quest for originality takes shape in the aesthetics of the new chair Ula, designed by Serena Confalonieri for the colourful universe of MY home collection.
Ula prioritizes geometric perfection and “slim” volumes for fitting into any room of the contemporary home with versatility. The lacquered steel tube forms the backrest and the curves of the armrests that bend downwards form the front legs, making the seat extremely light to the extent that it seems almost suspended.
With polyurethane rubber padding and a seat cover made of polyester fibre, the backrest - which leans gently on the structure - like the seat, are covered in one or two colour fabrics for fun colour combinations.
Weighty, Sculptural & Functional Artefacts
Tom Dixon Studio’s long-term love affair with marble bears more fruit with a new series of green forest marble artefacts. ROCK is a collection of interactive, playful and stackable sculptures, which act as architecture for your dining table. The range displays the natural and uniquely solid materiality that Tom Dixon Studio has long been associated with.
From Tom’s many trips to India and observing the hand lathe workers of Rajasthan and Agra, the design inspiration for ROCK was to create simple shapes that could be hand turned on the lathe and constructed like playful children’s building blocks.
The pattern and texture of each piece are entirely unique, depending on the block of marble it was carved from, which creates an individualistic quality in every product.
The Dining Table As A Sculpture
The round and democratic shape of Radar XL encourages conversation and social interaction between table companions, especially due to the presence of the rotating tray or ‘Lazy Susan’ made of aluminium. The tray lets people ‘reach’ dishes of food very easily and is positioned at the centre of an MDF board with a diameter of 180 cm, available with white marble, national walnut or painted oak finishes. But the element that makes this table true
‘microarchitecture’ is the series of laser cut steel arches that make Radar XL an extraordinary decorative item.