by Aaron Clarkson from Boss
One of the most famous examples is Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair. Breuer looked at how tubular steel was being used to mass produce bicycles and came up with a ground-breaking chair design that was strong, flexible and could be manufactured efficiently because it capitalised on existing tools and materials.
A century later, we’re still in awe of the pieces Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe and other early modernists came up with. And, tubular steel remains an excellent material in furniture design. It is light, strong, malleable and 100% recyclable – factors that made it ideal when we created our Rosa Lounge Collection.
As we prototyped the Rosa sofa and armchair through our iterative design process, we began to imagine other furniture designs utilising simple, elegant tubular steel frames. While Rosa was taking its final form, we decided to create tables to accompany it. As it happens, the Sol Table Collection actually began its journey under the Rosa name.
Designer Aaron Clarkson
Simple and sustainable
Simplicity was the starting point for the Sol side and coffee tables. The basic aesthetic for both rests on a nimble but sturdy tripod base. One of the benefits of tubular steel is that it is relatively thin and therefore ideal for furniture with a light look. In addition, it is very strong and can be worked into many forms. With Sol, we’ve used a minimal amount of metal for maximum structural effect.
With an unassuming base, the personality of
both the tabletop and other accompanying furniture can come to the fore. That’s where the expressiveness lies with the Sol collection. A wide variety of tabletop options are available, helping schemes project the right atmosphere. Standard finishes such as MFC, MF MDF and laminate are all available in a variety of colours, or with natural wood veneers.