British architectural design and engineering firm Foster + Partners has taken Clerkenwell Design Week as an opportunity to launch its own range of solid wood furniture.
Named OVO, the collection has been made in collaboration with furniture manufacturer Benchmark and “celebrates the age-old tradition of craftsmanship in everyday objects, combining durability and careful detailing with a strong materiality to create a range of furniture that is exceptionally tactile and generous,” says the company.
It comprises of two variants of dining table, accompanying benches, sideboard, shelving unit, high table, stool and occasional tables, all of which are suitable for both domestic and commercial spaces.
“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,” said Mike Holland, Head of Industrial Design, Foster + Partners. “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.”
The collection is offered in solid oak or walnut and the dining tables are available in both standard height and high options, with two sizes of benches and high stool to complement them, while the sideboards are available with both six drawers and four doors.
The OVO collection is available online now from the Benchmark website, with prices starting at £665 for the side table and heading up to £5995 for the six drawer sideboard.