bureau de change uses slotting system and weaving in furniture series for efasma
bureau de change uses slotting system and weaving in furniture series for efasma bureau de change uses slotting system and weaving in furniture series for efasma
oct 10, 2015

bureau de change uses slotting system and weaving in furniture series for efasma

bureau de change uses slotting system and weaving in furniture series for efasma
photography by eliot postma




bureau de change architects have teamed up with british furniture company efasma to unveil a collection of dining chairs complemented with a room divider, dining, and coffee table. the range inherits the use of natural materials, tradition techniques and craftsmanship which is embedded into the furniture brand’s ethos. at the same time, the design references the local craftsmen of greece where the country’s basket weaving technique has been incorporated into the intricately, handwoven texture of the chairs.


the choice of materials: walnut wood, with substantial marble and timber, gives depth and richness to the woven surfaces. this is amplified by clean, graphic forms across the range and their combination with highlights of glossy marble and brass. referencing their architectural vocabulary into the design of the pieces, the range combines their interest in interrogating materials and manufacture processes, in order to blend functionality with aesthetic drama and attention to detail.

the collection is made up chairs, dining tables, a coffee table and room divider




a distinctive feature of the dining tables is the carefully crafted slotting system, in which the efasma’s dining chairs can be easily inserted in place – appearing to be pushed into the edge of the table – leaving behind a footprint of satisfying brass clad notches. commenting on the pieces, bureau de change architect billy mavropoulos adds: ‘we wanted to create products in which design content and innovation emerge from traditional techniques and craftsmanship. distilling the structures down to their simplest forms not only creates a strong graphic language within the range, but also embosses detailing, the textural qualities of the woven surfaces and the patina of natural materials.’

marble, brass and walnut wood have been used

the depth and richness of the woven surfaces are amplified by clean, graphic forms

single lengths of 100% cotton rope bind chair frames together, giving them rigidity and the woven texture

the essence of the collection is drawn from the brand’s origins in greece

the dining tables have been shaped by a slotting system, in which the dining chairs appear pushed into the edge

using greece’s basket makers and weavers – their skills were used in the manufacture of the furniture

efasma unveiled its first collection at this year’s 100% design in london

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