David Lord is one of the co-founders, along with Ben Frost, of Junction Fifteen, a Bristish furniture company established in 2012. Junction Fifteen has recently achieved the Design Guild Mark award for Olly Stool, and now they’re launching a new, larger Olly bar stool at this year’s Tent London. Archiproducts chatted with David about his influences and design approach.
British resource, material and manufacture. How can we recognize these elements in the Olly bar stool?
We use local British manufacturers because this allows us to retain close control over design, development, and quality. It also let us take a sustainable approach to the environment and local economy. Our close relationship with our suppliers enables us to try things and test manufacture capabilities as well as choose materials and finishes from available samples.
By working closely with our manufacturers we have manipulated the steel frames into relatively complex forms without compromising strength or performance. The steelwork provides an exceptionally strong and durable frame suitable for a range of demanding environments.
All of our products are developed in this fashion, by understanding manufacture techniques and our manufacturers’ skill sets.
Key details on our pieces are a direct outcome from this relationship. The laser cut back panels on the Airo chair appear to be random in pattern placement, offering an innovative progression from uniform punched hole patterns often seen. The slot detail on the seat top of the Airo chair has the functional benefit of ease of assembly as well as providing a unique detail that integrates the parts together creating a truly unique aesthetic.
The collection is fabricated using sustainable materials and local craftsmanship. Could you tell us something more about the manufacturing process?
Steel is one of the most sustainable materials. It can be reused many times, each time retaining its properties without decline from production to production. All of our wood is FSC certified and from sustainable resources. Protecting our future environment whilst creating products for today is important to us.
Using local suppliers ensures we have control over quality as well as ensuring low impact on the environment when transporting parts during manufacture. Steel tube is a common thread in all of our pieces. The tube bending process is highly accurate and ensures a high quality finish with precise results. We always attempt to keep labour and fabrication time at a minimum to ensure we can offer beautiful premium design at a modest price.
Is there anything you would like to explore further in your future projects? New materials or a different piece of furniture?
We are releasing a beautiful Black Ash variant for our seat tops that will be an optional feature on our new Airo chair and Olly stool. We have developed the Airo chair with parts that can be separated from the frame. For instance, the chair comes in 4 standard colour options, the customer can then choose from three seat top options and a variety of different colour back supports.
We have a library of concepts to develop in the future, however we will be seeking to develop a dining table to accompany the new Airo chair.
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