simon hasan crafts vase family with 500 year old armour-making process

simon hasan crafts vase family with 500 year old armour-making process

at london design festival 2017, simon hasan’s new collection sees the british designer’s work return to larger furniture and accessories. the new products welcome the release of the fourth generation of the ‘vase family’, as well as the ‘wing’ table. the forms of these pieces reference RAF halton, where simon’s father trained as an engineering apprentice almost 70 years ago.

the longest vase measures 850mm in width
all images credit david marquez



on show at decorex during london design festival 2017, simon hasan’s fourth generation of the ‘vase family’ takes the shape of three objects with differently expanded wings. with the longest vase measuring 850mm in width and the shortest being 250mm wide, the designs enhance a 500 year old armour-making process, where vegetable tanned leather is irreversibly hardened through the careful application of heat. this technique ensures that each piece is unique and varies slightly in size, color and patina.

the middle vase measures 550mm wide x 350mm tall x 180mm diameter



with the ‘wing’ table, full grain vegetable tanner leather is hand molded over a solid core and then hand stitched with linen thread. the low coffee table sits upon a black stainless steel welded frame that has been finished with multiple layers of beeswax. on the boundary between craft and industrial design, the product’s hand-made character means that each one varies in tone, color and edge finish.

the thinnest version is also the tallest at 450mm in height


the ‘wing’ table places a leather surface on top of a black stainless steel construction


the black frame is finished with multiple layers of beeswax


the hand covered leather is then stitched with linen thread


simon hasan’s new collection also includes four leather trays


each piece is painted with a different motif


simon’s work blends the boundaries between craft and industrial design


the accessories showcase a multitude of layers and textures


the four trays were first shown at decorex during london design festival 2017



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