benedict calland

one of the things i loved about last year’s icff was the was designers were integrating textiles into furniture and lighting. there’s something about the hand-crafted feel and softness of textiles that really appeals to me. so i was pleasantly surprised to hear from designer (and recent northumbria graduate) benedict calland about his work. benedict produced two chairs that i’m really loving- the first being a piece called aerith. aerith is a beautiful combination of sleek, modern design and traditional materials like wooden toggle buttons and soft, woven textiles. i love the way the chair feels both old and familiar and new and clean at the same time. the soft textile upholstery reminds me of an old sweater while the chair has a nice modern feel that balances out the rest of the design. benedict also created a chair called tifa (seen below) with a curved cushion to encourage lounging. i love any seat that feels like it’s welcoming you to lean against it. the yellow upholstery is lovely as well. you can browse the rest of benedict’s work and contact him right here. enjoy!

  1. Chris Shack says:

    wow, i love your chairs Benedict. Especially the chair with the toggles. When will these chairs be in production as i would love to purchase one. Also i would love to see the curved back chair in pink….

  2. julie says:

    Nice work!

  3. julie says:

    Nice work!

  4. Tory says:

    I have to say, that I just don’t get them..

  5. lei says:

    Hehe, these chairs are definitely on my wishlist, not only are they a great design, the guy is uk based AND he is obviously a big fan of my favourite videogame series (Final Fantasy) as these two chairs are named after the lead female characters from number 7!

  6. Benedict Calland says:

    Benedict Calland here,

    Chris and Julie thank you for your comments, they are both prototypes however i will be developing them both for batch production.

    Lei! you have me rumbled im a sucker for Final Fantasy, especially 7 and 8, they’re just beautifully designed things, and as a credit to my two favorite females Tifa and Aerith i named my first 2 chairs after them, expect Rinoa and Selphie soon! :P !

    and Tory, they’re chairs you sit on them, nothing more too it.


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