PINCH Salone del Mobile 2018: New Launches
Exhibiting alongside Wallpaper* Magazine’s highly-anticipated Handmade exhibition, on Via Moscova’s Mediatecca in the Brera Design District, PINCH launched two new armoires; Elan and Fielding.
The new Elan armoire offers a modern take on the classic cabinetry technique of marquetry. Three harmonious veneers are combined to create a gentle yet dimensional colour story, layered across the abstract, nebulous shapes that decorate the doors. The Elan armoire was developed with clothes storage in mind, but it could also be used in living areas as the internal ladder system (which is based on the pre-Industrial Revolution technique for creating adjustable shelving), allows the adjustment of the hanging/shelf and drawer combinations.
Alongside Elan, we exhibited the new Fielding armoire, Elan’s alter ego - a simple, pared back cupboard that allows the beauty of well-sourced timber to shine, and displays the studio’s signature lightness of touch. This quieter piece, consistent with so much of our design ambition, where we combine strong shapes, the beauty of materiality and expert making, can be used in any room, configured for any use, and displays Russell and Oona’s delight in taking classicism as a design start point, and rendering their pieces modern with an architectural rigour and obsession with detail.
Alongside these two new pieces, we exhibited our latest dining story. Our bespoke length Achilles dining table was partnered with a suite of Avery dining chairs, upholstered in a beautiful deep red goat skin, vegetable tanned leather, sourced from our friends and neighbours HOWE on Bourne St. A complimentary deep red lacquered Emil dresser, with a white oiled oak interior, completed the striking story, and illustrates how clients can specify their own custom colours in both lacquer finish, and fabric and leather, as well as selecting from our standard colour collection. The curation showcases the beauty of well sourced timber, and bold but responsible use of colour, a style direction much favoured by Creative Director Oona Bannon.
'Two's Company': House & Garden
David Nicholls includes Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon in his piece on creative and personal partnerships in the design industry for House & Garden.
Wallpaper Design Awards Winner: Rodan
Thanks to Wallpaper Magazine for including us in their Design Awards roll call. Our Rodan Coffee table features in their summary of Best Uchi, which is Japanese for house, and we are delighted to be channelling the vibes of a culture that reveres simplicity, blended with beautiful materiality in its making.
Rodan started its life in our small but perfectly formed prototyping workshop, as a 1:5 model. As we progressed to full size models we laboured, as only those who love furniture would, on a millimetre here, on how long to take the lipping detail, and on exactly what height works best when you want a table that offers a relaxed feeling but must work with both low slung and higher positioned seating. Our ambition is to create furniture that engages with its strong shape, is gentle in its materiality and is generous in its detailing.
Our table wants to be fine and delicate at its lip, but solid and safe at its base, and all the while it must appear balanced and harmonious in its proportions. The base is constructed using traditional coopering (barrel making) techniques, and the resulting multi sided circular cask is then turned on the lathe to a perfect finish. Rodan’s table top lid is secured with a simplified Shaker swallowtail lapper detail, a motif originally conceived to prevent the wood in their iconic boxes from splitting, allowing it to comfortably expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes.
The Rodan Coffee table is offered in a white oiled Oak, black American Walnut and black stained Oak finish. As our Shaker and Japanese friends may have said, hands to work, and Arigatou Gozaimasu.