Sun at Six: Create Spaces that Nourish Relationships

Guangzhou craftsmanship blends with design Made in Brooklyn

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Sun at Six: Create Spaces that Nourish Relationships
31/05/2019 - Brooklyn-based design studio Sun at Six debuted at ICFF 2019 with the studio’s second collection of furniture for considered living.
 
Their second collection features a large new release including chairs, stools, tables, and a bookcase designed around the concept of creating spaces that enable and nourish relationships that matter.
Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

With that manifesto in mind, Sun at Six partnered with master artisans in Guangzhou, China to build the 2019 collection using a traditional Chinese joinery technique, sun mao ( 榫卯) , a fading artform that is known and practiced by few. Sun mao utilizes intricate, interwoven joints to create furniture without nails or screws, resulting in exposed tenons, which are elegantly articulated in the collection.
 
“The technique is beautiful, but fewer and fewer craftsmen are left who know how to do it,” explains Antares Yee, Creative Director of Sun at Six . “My family has been working with this tradition for 30 years, and part of our goal is to preserve traditional Chinese joinery and maintain this dying artform.”
 
A highlight of the collection is the Mora Bookcase, a masterful combination of ancient craftsmanship and contemporary aesthetic sensibilities. Its clean, architectural lines are dramatized with subtle details—like the grooved lines of the bookcase’s back—and the exposed through-tenon joints. The Mora Bookcase is handcrafted in solid white oak and finished with house-made tung oil.
Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Every piece of the collection was developed in close collaboration with the craftsmen in Guangzhou, whose expertise was invaluable in creating pieces that would withstand the test of time. “It was incredible to work with [these craftsmen],” comments Yee. “It’s very humbling. Hopefully, when people see their work, it will humanize them and explode the stereotypes—like Made in China —that they face.”
Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

Sun at Six Collection

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