Bow by Benjamin Hubert
for De La Espada

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London Design Festival: industrial designer Benjamin Hubert has created a trestle table and bench with timber parts held in tension by sheets of bowed steel.

Bow by Benjamin Hubert and De La Espada

The trestle table rests across two sets of tripod legs, each supported by a rolled sheet of steel, while the bench sits over a single long strip of steel.

Bow by Benjamin Hubert and De La Espada

"The rolled steel allows for a great strength to weight ratio as well as economy of materials," explained Hubert. "It also has the benefit in the bench of giving suspension to the user and some flex to the seat."

Bow by Benjamin Hubert and De La Espada

The Bow collection launched at the designjunction trade show during London Design Festival last month, where Hubert also showed a lighting collection made of mesh fabric and a chair constructed from a piece of T-shirt-shaped curled plywood.

Bow by Benjamin Hubert and De La Espada

The pieces were produced in collaboration with Portuguese manufacturer De La Espada, who last year invited Hubert to design his first complete collection.

Bow by Benjamin Hubert and De La Espada

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Bow by Benjamin Hubert and De La Espada

Here's some more information from the designer:


Bow by Benjamin Hubert x De La Espada
Bow is a series of furniture including a trestle table and bench launching at the London Design Festival in collaboration with Portuguese manufacturer De La Espada.

Bow is a system of simple timber frames and surfaces held in tension by a rolled sheet of mild steel. The rolled steel allows for a great strength to weight ratio swell as economy of materials. It also has the benefit in the bench of giving suspension to the user and some flex to the seat.

Bow by Benjamin Hubert and De La Espada

The integration between the steel and timber has been CNC cut to maintain a fluid integration of the two materials and geometries. The timber and steel system has also been designed to be knockdown for cost effective shipping to reduce its carbon footprint. The system has been developed over a period of 12 months after several interations of prototying and testing.

Materials:
Solid Ash Mild Steel
Dimensions:
Bench H 450mmx L1800mm x D400mm
Trestle H 740mmx L1800mm x D900mm

  • Sergio

    Very elegant and delicate, uncommon for such large pieces of furniture.

  • john

    How to close a work that someone else started a few years ago…
    http://www.stefan-diez.com/images/303.jpg

    • Steptoe

      It’s funny as I thought of Diez too and his work for Thonet. Also Nendo and Hecht popped in there too. All the same most if not all designers “sample” and Hubert delivers a relatively well resolved bench and tables for a nice brand.

  • unique

    Not close to Diez's work in language or construction in my opinion.

  • Rea

    @john – this concept is completely different to Diez's piece and bears only a very slight resemblance. In Hubert's work the timber elements are held in tension by the curved steel. In my opinion, this is much stronger in its concept and resolution.