Published on : Thursday, September 21, 2017
British brand Another Country will be on show at designjunction venue Cubitt House from September 21 to 24, as part of the London Design Festival 2017. The Hardy Series, created by designer David Irwin, is a range of furniture expected to last for decades, due to both its aesthetic quality and its robust construction.
The tradition of passing well-loved furniture down from generation to generation was the starting point for this collection. The collection includes chairs, stools and tables, all made from either solid oak or ash. Each features details inspired by 19th-century British classics, but these details have been simplified to make them feel more contemporary.
David Irwin came up with the idea two years ago, after Another Country asked him to create a chair to mark the company’s fifth anniversary. Launched in 2015, The Hardy Chair fuses together elements of the traditional low-backed Captain’s chair and pub classic, the Smokers bow. It was awarded the Design Guild Mark in recognition of its design quality.
Following this, Another Country asked Irwin to expand the design into a full collection, which goes on show for the first time at designjunction 2017. Each piece is available in natural timber or with a black lacquer finish, with features such as steam-bent back rests and tapered dowel joints.
Irwin says, “The design of the Hardy family picks up where it left off from the original Hardy chair, creating a collection of furniture that imbues quality and longevity so that it will be passed down through the generations.”
Paul de Zwart, Co-founder of Another Country, adds, “Key to Another Country’s ethos is to design products that have contemporary appeal but also aesthetic longevity, and David’s designs capture this ethos perfectly.”
The designer remarks, “With the design of the Hardy Series, I have kept one eye on the past and one on the present, utilising time-honoured Windsor chair-making techniques to create a range that, although it has a vague element of nostalgia, still retains a contemporary aesthetic and relevance for today’s environments.”