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Adam Cornish creates furniture with seams based on tailored garments

Australian designer Adam Cornish made these chairs from sheets of aluminium that he assembled using a process based on tailoring.

Seam is Cornish's first furniture collection for Australian manufacturer Tait, which launched the series as part of this year's Melbourne Design Week.

According to the designer, the construction process bears a resemblance to the way in which a piece of fabric is tailored into a form-fitting garment.

"Although fabric and sheet metal seem worlds apart, the tailoring process used to construct shapes is surprisingly similar," said Cornish.

"The result being a unified series characterised by clean lines, fluid contours and refined design detail – contrasted by an inherently robust construction and hard-wearing tactility," he added.

When folded, each end of the single sheet of aluminium comes together to form a "seam" along the chair's spine, similar to the seaming detail in clothing.

The designer said this process also creates a natural water drainage point at the base of the seat's shell, in addition to doubling as a handle for moving the chair around when needed.

"[Cornish] forges a novel design method through working with sheet metal as if it were a seamstress gesturing fabric on a mannequin," said Tait.

Designed to be used both indoors and outdoors, Cornish's series of seating and tables mark a departure from Tait's signature wire chair designs.

The entire Seam collection includes a dining chair, stacking chair, bar stool, dining table, café table and bar table.

According to Cornish, the furniture's "rich and earthy" colour palette references Australian coastlines, terrains and flora – with pigments including Deep Ocean, Paperbark, Ochre, Pale Eucalypt and Woodland Grey.

The main body of each chair, as well as the table tops, have been made from aluminium. Due to its high resilience, its light weight, strength and resistance to corrosion, it is suitable for facing the outdoor elements.

Each is also finished with a hard-wearing textured powder coat.

In addition to stainless steel or aluminium, the legs also come in a selection of modified timbers, granting the metal furniture a warmer finish.

Chosen for their endurance in harsh environments, the three materials were also selected for their sustainability – Cornish claims they are able to be fully recycled.

Melbourne Design Week takes place from 15 to 25 March this year. In previous years, the event has seen designers create "hacks" of Jasper Morrison's Hal chair to highlight to knock-off culture, as well as Trent Jansen create furniture shaped to resemble scaly and hairy monsters from his country's myths.