Industrial Designer Tim Rundle, in collaboration with Morgan Studio sought to create a chair with a solid, yet sensuous presence, being fully upholstered and planted on the ground. Through its luxurious soft forms, Bilbao evokes a retreat-like atmosphere in commercial spaces, including hospitality, cruise and workplaces. The chair combines crisp defined edges with gentle, organic surfaces, reminiscent of the Frank-Gehry designed museum in the Northern Spanish city after which it is named. This marks Morgan’s second collaboration with Rundle, having launched their first collection, Rakino, together in 2019.
Morgan’s production team pushed the boundaries of the upholstery process to create Bilbao. While the forms of the chair are ones normally associated with highly industrial techniques, the team achieved the soft organic shapes in cut foam, a considerably more hand-made process, which provides greater control.
“I have a strong interest in how historical furniture typologies evolve over time, and this sits well with Morgan’s collections, which encompass both classic and contemporary aesthetics,” said Rundle. “While Rakino captured the evolution of a chair type born from mid-twentieth century Scandinavia, Bilbao pays homage to 1920’s Central Europe. In designing furniture, we acknowledge that we are evolving existing typologies. However, we always ensure our new pieces are fully contemporary in their attitude, with a reductive approach to detailing and strong consideration of mass production.”
To celebrate both the 30th anniversary of Morgan, and the 20th of London Design Festival, the studio will be hosting a ‘Celebration of Design Excellence’ in its Clerkenwell showroom, where you will be able to view the Bilbao collection alongside the ‘Offcuts’ art installation by British artist Olly Fathers plus lighting by Bert Frank.
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