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Glen Baghurst's debut furniture range fuses cultural influences

Stockholm 2015: Australian designer Glen Baghurst has launched his first collection of furniture and products, influenced by materials and forms from Britain to Morocco (+ slideshow).

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

Currently untitled, Glen Baghurst's collection comprises an outdoor chair, an armchair and a collection of concrete tiles.

The outdoor chair is made from leather produced in Sweden by Tärnsjö House of Leather – the same leather used by British brand Brooks to make its iconic bicycle saddles. The leather is wrapped around the powder-coated steel frame and attached with rivets.

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

"This chair was initially inspired by the campaign furniture used by the British when touring the empire," said the designer, who is based in Stockholm. "The furniture they travelled with was solid with a quality similar to indoor furniture."

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

The chair is designed for spectators at outdoor events, allowing them to sit without impeding the views of those behind. The designer came up with the idea at an outdoor theatre in Sydney. "This chair would be great for a night under the stars, watching opera or theatre." said Baghurst.

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

The second object in the collection is an armchair made from ash timber, powder-coated steel and leather.

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

The seat follows a similar design to the outdoor chair but has been adapted for use inside, with a wider base.

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

"I used wooden elements where the body comes in contact with the chair so it is warmer and softer," he told Dezeen.

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

Finally, the design of the coloured concrete tiles is a scaled-up version of a simple pattern commonly found in Scandinavia.

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

"They are made by hand according to a production process developed in southern France towards the end of the 19th century," said the designer. "These tiles were made in Morocco, the epicentre for this kind of production at present. They have a matte finish that I believe softens interiors and gives a warmer feeling."

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

Glen Baghurst's debut collection launched at the Greenhouse area for emerging designers at the Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this month.

Glen Baghurst Stockholm Furniture Fair Greenhouse

Photography is by Særún Norén.