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

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions’ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

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