NOW PEO­PLE– MATT LOR­RAIN

Head of de­sign and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment for SP01.

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Col­lab­o­rat­ing with Ital­ian de­sign stu­dio Met­rica, fur­ni­ture brand SP01 de­buted its first col­lec­tion in early 2016. Matt Lor­rain ex­plains that it’s in­te­gral to SP01 for its sec­ond col­lec­tion, like the first, to be made in Italy.

What’s the vi­sion for the new col­lec­tion?

I wanted to cre­ate an out­door col­lec­tion be­cause we spend so much of our time out­doors that it re­ally is a sec­ond liv­ing space. It was im­por­tant for me to keep it con­nected to the launch col­lec­tion while still ex­press­ing its own char­ac­ter, so we de­cided to work on a wire-framed col­lec­tion.

Who did you work with for the new col­lec­tion?

I worked with Aus­tralian de­signer Tom Fere­day. He de­signed the col­lec­tion and worked with the Ital­ian man­u­fac­tur­ers and us to de­velop it. It felt right for us to work with an Aus­tralian de­signer for out­door be­cause our con­di­tions are so harsh. It was a key con­sid­er­a­tion for the fur­ni­ture to be fit for pur­pose and be long last­ing. Tom has great ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with Moooi, Marc New­son and other com­pa­nies, so it felt like a great fit.

Do you have any favourites from the col­lec­tion?

I re­ally love the Jeanette chair for its low-lined sil­hou­ette. The de­sign in­ten­tion sug­gests a bas­ket sus­pended from a sweep­ing curve. I like the Parisi ta­ble a lot, and can imag­ine us­ing it in­doors or out­side. The wire-framed base has a lovely ta­pered waist and hair­pin legs that re­mind you of mod­ernist clas­sics.

What should shop­pers know about the con­struc­tion and de­sign?

Longevity out­doors was our key con­cern. The steel frames go through three pro­tec­tive treat­ments to guard against cor­ro­sion. It’s a tech­nol­ogy used by au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ers for body pan­els. We’ve tested the prod­uct to ap­prox­i­mately dou­ble the in­dus­try stan­dard for car pan­els, more than any other out­door fur­ni­ture prod­uct I’m aware of. The seat cush­ions are water­proof and have a spe­cial treat­ment that makes them re­sis­tant to UV, mois­ture, fire, mould and so on.

Any tips for shop­pers who are con­sid­er­ing an SP01 piece?

It’s al­ways best to see the prod­uct in the flesh. The de­tails and the qual­ity be­come ap­par­ent. Ma­te­rial de­tails such as the Ac­coya tim­ber tops are very in­ter­est­ing. The man­u­fac­turer struc­turally guar­an­tees the tim­ber for 50 years of ex­te­rior use. Even very fine de­tails such as the sand-tex­tured fin­ish on the pow­der coat re­as­sures you to the touch that it is high qual­ity. It’s one of the won­der­ful things about man­u­fac­tur­ing in Italy. There re­mains a real com­mit­ment to qual­ity, and work­ing to re­solve tech­ni­cal and de­sign is­sues to bring to mar­ket a truly great prod­uct. THE SP01 OUT­DOOR COL­LEC­TION IS AVAIL­ABLE AT SPACE FUR­NI­TURE. VISIT WWW. SPACEFURNITURE. COM. SG TO VIEW MORE DE­SIGNS.

BOT­TOM An out­door din­ing set com­pris­ing a Parisi ta­ble with Chee chairs, com­ple­mented by a Chee stool in the back.

The al­lur­ing wire-framed form of the Jeanette chair in black. LEFT

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