Foster + Partners launched the new “OVO” range of solid wood furniture at Clerkenwell Design Week as part of the festival’s British Collection. The range boasts of the age-old tradition of craftsmanship in conventional objects, combining durability and careful detailing with a strong materiality to create a range of furniture that is exceptionally tactile and generous.
The studio partnered with Benchmark earlier to produce bespoke furniture for the Maggie’s cancer centre in Manchester and “OVO” has been designed to give the sense of home it brought to the project. The collection, suited for both domestic and commercial spaces comprises of two variants of dining table, accompanying benches, sideboard, shelving unit, high table, stool and occasional tables.
The studio quotes Mike Holland, Head of Industrial Design, Foster + Partners, “The soft geometry of the “OVO” range not only imbues the pieces with a quiet solidity, but also serves as a compelling invitation to touch, while the boldness and simplicity of its form demands perfection of execution of the craft. Working closely with the craftspeople at Benchmark, we have created a unique range of solid wood furniture that embodies a sense of warmth and generosity, and has an inherent sense of longevity that will allow each piece to gather memories and meaning through successive generations.”
“Using the wonderful tactility of solid wood, the pillowed top surface of the tables and benches invites the arms and thighs to rest softly on the gentle bevel along its edge, an ergonomic detail that eliminates uncomfortable pressure points. The underside has a sloped profile that accentuates its crafted aesthetic, and four turned-wood legs pierce through to the table-top with a traditional expressed circular wedged tenon joint. The entire ensemble has an oiled natural finish that brings the materiality of the solid wood to the fore,” says the studio.
The studio is offering the collection in solid oak and walnut. Available in both standard height and high option, rectilinear dining tables have both benches and high stool to complement them. Also sharing the common aesthetic are a round dining table, two sizes of side table and coffee table.
“The specially designed sideboards have a straight finger-jointed wooden carcass and circular recessed handle detail carved between each drawer or door. Available with six drawers or four doors they can be used as a credenza with provision for power and data management,” adds the studio.
Founder: Louise Blouin