benjamin hubert: coracle + cargo chair for de la espada
benjamin hubert: coracle + cargo chair for de la espada benjamin hubert: coracle + cargo chair for de la espada
oct 05, 2011

benjamin hubert: coracle + cargo chair for de la espada

benjamin hubert: coracle + cargo chair for de la espada images courtesy of benjamin hubert




british industrial designer, benjamin hubert, created coracle and cargo for london based furniture manufacturer de la espada, two chairs in a larger collection. the project called for the use of artisan craftsman, meaning each piece has the unique quality only handmade objects can deliver. the timber joinery detailing and hand-stitching are details which further generate the industrial aesthetic.

top view




‘coracle’ refers to small boats, traditionally used in wales since the bronze age. the woven construction seen on the chair is the same pattern as that found on the vessel. the tri weave is enhanced with the same perforated leather wrapped around the steel frame. the same wrapping is usually found on bike handles, making the chair more tactile and comfortable.

side views


detail of leather weaving


detail of leather wrapping around steel frame


coracle process


coracle process


coracle process


coracle process


‘cargo’ dining/occasional chair by benjamin hubert for de la espada




an other furniture piece in the series is the cargo, a dining/occasional chair made of four automotive leather panels which attach to an ash frame using mechanical fixings. the tailoring of the panels mirror the original intentions for the material, as the hand-stitching gives it a less mechanical character. this detail of seeing the tools and marks of the creator is also visible on hubert’s ‘quarry lamp’, a light fixture which is also part of the same collection. to see the designboom article, click here.

view with and without panels


different frame and leather panel color options


detail of arm joinery


detail of mechanical fixings


detail of mortise and tenon joinery


shape of four panels removed from frame


cargo process


cargo process


cargo process


cargo process


entire collection



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