furniturestudent design

benedict calland

by Grace Bonney

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!

Suggested For You


  • 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….

  • 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!

  • 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.



    get in touch.


Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, that comment on people's physical appearance, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.