CURVE AP­PEAL

An en­gi­neered feat for a seat.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - The De­sign Is­sue - By ARI­ANNE NARDO

With a sin­u­ous body de­serv­ing of dou­ble takes, the Essence of Strength Chaise Longue (from US$ 69,000, S$ 91,000) first ap­pears as a stun­ning if not el­e­gantly bonkers scrib­ble that leapt straight from con­cept to con­struc­tion, sidestep­ping the typ­i­cal de­sign check­points. It also gives the rest of the fur­ni­ture in the house an in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex. Con­ceived by in­dus­trial de­signer Kris­tian Arens, who co-founded the Bri­tish fur­ni­ture brand with en­gi­neer Clive John­son, the dy­namic piece owes nearly ev­ery­thing to car­bon fi­bre. The com­pany’s use of the light­weight but durable ma­te­rial is in keep­ing with its de­sign man­i­festo.

“We aim al­ways to push de­sign and struc­tural tol­er­ances in or­der to pro­duce pieces of fur­ni­ture that would sim­ply not be pos­si­ble us­ing more tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als.”

In­spired by Arens’s pas­sion for the sea, the lim­ited-edi­tion chaise longue – fin­ished with hand- stitched leather – re­sem­bles rolling waves. Achiev­ing such a fluid shape is a highly tech­ni­cal propo­si­tion. “Car­bon is the ideal ma­te­rial to do this with,” says Arens. “You can have su­per-thin pro­files but still man­age to can­tilever the de­sign due to the strength of the car­bon. The chaise has to be en­gi­neered to de­liver ex­act flex, bounce and rock that re­sults in a move­ment that feels ex­cep­tional.” www.essence­of­strength.co.uk

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