Yacht de­signer Kris­tian Arens and en­tre­pre­neur Clive John­son of­fer be­spoke and semi­cus­tom fur­ni­ture built of car­bon fiber.

Yachting - - CURRENTS - By Kim Kavin

Read­ers of this mag­a­zine may not know the name Kris­tian Arens but will cer­tainly have heard of Red­man White­ley Dixon, the U.K.-based yacht de­sign firm where Arens works as an ex­te­rior de­signer. ¶ Sim­i­larly, the name Clive John­son may sound new, but his work in­cludes de­liv­er­ing ad­vanced com­pos­ite prod­ucts such as the free-stand­ing masts aboard the 468-foot No­biskrug sail­ing yacht A. ¶ To­gether, Arens and John­son have cre­ated Essence of Strength, a com­pany ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing car­bon-com­pos­ite fur­ni­ture that seems to defy grav­ity. The team starts with sim­ple struc­tural forms and con­trasts them with lux­ury ma­te­ri­als, cre­at­ing pieces that can be be­spoke, lim­ited edi­tion or semi­cus­tom. ¶ And while most fur­ni­ture-mak­ers of­fer their cre­ations for com­mer­cial or res­i­den­tial use, Essence of Strength

does those things while also specif­i­cally de­sign­ing for yacht own­ers, draw­ing on Arens' ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with own­ers who have built some of the most el­e­gant su­pery­achts around the globe. ¶ Essence of Strength calls the lim­ited-edi­tion chair above, sim­ply, its chaise longue.The piece is fin­ished in leather but made pri­mar­ily of car­bon com­pos­ite — in a can­tilevered form that, the com­pany says, would not be pos­si­ble to achieve with any other con­struc­tion ma­te­rial. The re­sult, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, is "the ul­ti­mate cel­e­bra­tion of how ma­te­rial engi-neer­ing is beau­ti­ful." Ili Ad­di­tional of­fer­ings in­clude a di­rec­tor's chair, a high stool and a bench in sev­eral sizes, with the high stool go­ing by the name Co­bra for its over­all look. It's fin­ished in a bam­boo ve­neer, mim­ick­ing the use of var­i­ous wood tones in the in­te­rior de­signs aboard yachts today. o

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