The latest RG06-2 sofa for Christopher Wray has been a very intriguing project.
Christopher Wray commissioned me to work as a product designer on brand development with the company. The brief was to create a design that fitted with the projected realisation of the brand. It was part of a modern lifestyle concept, using established designers to create a new and exciting collection.
I drew on inspiration that combined a clean image with comfort, a combination not often present in modern design. The hardness of this modernity combined with a need for softness highlighted a juxtaposition I wished to explore.
References came from objects that combined a hard outer shell and a soft inside – and, in essence, this became the concept for the piece. The outer base to the sofa has defined architectural lines using a smooth, hard fabric, whereas the inside has soft curves, using the latest foam technologies and a softer, more textured fabric. The legs serve to communicate the hard, elegant rectilinear outer form and the base relates to the building, while the soft interior appeals to a more human element.
It is shortlisted for The Laurent Perrier Design Award and is shown at the Design UK Selection in London’s Liberty store, curated by Max Fraser.