The GRID (Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec), the KD TABLE and BEAM TABLE (Konstantin Grcic) and the LUCIO LOUNGE (Sebastian Wrong) are considered responses to the rise of the live-work space and shifting attitudes towards aesthetics in the working environment.
‘The working environment is no longer about meeting rooms, task chairs and desk systems,’ said Sebastian Wrong, Design Director of Established & Sons. “Home has become the office and the office has become the home. Standards and expectations are getting higher and higher for work spaces. Businesses and individuals want to inhabit a universal space that has a high level of design integrity and that includes comfort, flexibility, informality and functionality.’
GRID, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec‘Established & Sons now have something to offer —these are forward-thinking, radical designs that are grounded in a very real need. We’re making interesting objects with integrity that can function within this new working environment and that people will be intrigued by.’
The new collection was launched in a special installation—Established & Sons At Work—curated by Sebastian Wrong at Fora, Clerkenwell Dallington Street, in London’s premium designled workspace. Conceived as a complete take-over of Fora’s breakout spaces, the installation invited visitors to explore the possibilities of Established & Sons’ new, innovative designs by trying them out with Wi-Fi and refreshments from Fora’s in-house cafe, Forage.
With the new At Work collection, Established & Sons continues its idiosyncratic tradition of working closely with designers to create radical new products that bring together compelling design, cuttingedge manufacturing and high-quality craftsmanship. During Clerkenwell Design Week, Established & Sons will also unveil new extensions of celebrated pieces from its existing range.
GRID, design by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
A colourful room-within-a-room, the raw shell of the GRID SYSTEM provides a base for modular seating, shelves, tables and screens, which can be integrated in different ways to create a playful and multifunctional environment for informal meetings, presentations or simply hanging out.
GRID, Ronan & Erwan BouroullecThe modular system is based on powder-coated steel frame and is designed to offer total flexibility. A vast array of options offers the owner true freedom in modifying the design to their needs and encourages creativity and dynamism in their use. The basic, L-shaped module has two 2.5 metre-long sides, enclosed by tall back and side panels. Both sides can be fully upholstered as a sofa, or one side can function as a built-in side table. A standing or sitting desk for informal work is created with the addition of an external shelf. The side panels are available in either a metal grid that encourages communication between the inside and outside of the module, a larch-wood veneer or covered with an acoustic upholstery. Each element—the frame, upholstery and panels—can be finished in a different colour.
GRID, Ronan & Erwan BouroullecOther variations include a U-shaped module, which creates a more enveloping effect, a straight module without a seat that can function as a partition and a straight module with a seat that functions as a bench. These can also be joined together to create rows of different uses. For the seating, a base cushion provides the initial support, with three other cushion sizes and shapes offered to create diverse sitting environments. For launch, the GRID upholstery will be finished with Hallingdale, one of the most popular fabrics created by Danish firm Kvadrat.
BEAM TABLE, design by Konstantin Grcic
Based on an everyday icon—the I-beam girder— the BEAM TABLE is designed to last a lifetime. Merging premium design with an industrial aesthetic and an undeniably strong presence, the table is equally at home in an artisan’s workshop, a gallery, a family home or a live-work space. The rolled steel i-beams that form the structure of the table are coated in a fine-textured powder coat in either jet black or red oxide and sit on adjustable round feet that help protect the ground beneath.
BEAM TABLE, Konstantin GrcicOptional lockable swivel-castors allow the table to be easily moved, helping it adapt to many different uses. Solid-lipped table tops are available in oak veneer, a high-pressure laminate in black or in black Fenix, a heat-and-scratch resistant, high-end surface material. The BEAM TABLE comes in two heights – a standard 74 centimetres and a lofty 110 centimetres that showcases the purity of the structure – meaning that the design is perfectly suited to standing work as well as traditional table-top activities.
KD, design by Konstantin Grcic
Konstantin Grcic brings together aesthetic precision and ruthlessly efficient engineering with the KD TABLE. A combination of industrial components and machined steel parts, the table is an exercise in purity of function, form and detail. With demountable, triangular legs that are fixed to the frame at a 90-degree angle using metal bolts and adjustable feet, the KD TABLE also offers a surprising flexibility.
KD, Konstantin GrcicBoth robust and considered, the black, powder-coated metal frame is available in three heights—40 centimetres, 74 centimetres and 110 centimetres, with a one-metre-by-one-metre or two-metreby- one-metre surface area. Subtle texture differences add to the character of the design, with the textured frame contrasting with the smooth table tops. The black-edged tops are available with an upper surface of either high-pressure laminate in black, white, brown, grey or fern green or Fenix—a heat-and-scratch resistant, high-end surface material—in black, blush, rust, grey or moss green.
LUCIO LOUNGE, design by Sebastian Wrong
The LUCIO LOUNGE combines maximum comfort with minimum weight to create a super-comfortable lounge chair that’s easy to move and offers a distinctive, graphic profile. The supportive foam and fabric body is connected to a tubularsteel frame with a textile cover featuring a unique upholstery effect with slashes at the base of the seat and headrest, inspired by the paintings of Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana.
LUCIO LOUNGE, Sebastian WrongThese slashes in the fabric allow the upholstery to hug the frame tightly, swaddling the structure of the angular seat as well as providing an unexpected visual contrast. At 88cm tall and 90cm deep, the chair is low-slung and generously sized to enable a truly relaxed sitting position, cleverly supported by sprung webbing that shapes to the body for extra comfort. For launch, the LUCIO LOUNGE will be presented in a range of wool-rich fabrics in shades of burgundy, red and grey produced by Febrik, the Dutch textile company owned by Kvadrat, and Spanish-based fabrics firm Crevin.
GRID, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
GRID, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
BEAM TABLE, Konstantin Grcic
KD, Konstantin Grcic
LUCIO LOUNGE, Sebastian Wrong