Here’s a new find I want to introduce you to. Founded last year, SP01 is an Australian design brand that creates minimal, hand-finished furniture. Conceived in Australia and designed and made in Italy, the pieces have a focus on rigorous design and honest materials. Evoking a sense of Scandinavian design, their furniture is fresh and contemporary, at home in a beachside terrace as much as in a London townhouse. As SP01 say, they ‘combine down-under cool with tried-and-true Italian quality’.
For their first collection, SP01 collaborated with Milan-based studio Metrica on a series of elegant wooden tables, coffee tables and upholstered armchairs and sofas. I first spotted the brand though at this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, where Australian designer Tom Fereday was exhibiting his outdoor collection for SP01.
His range of metal chairs, stools and tables were designed and tested to withstand the toughest outside environments, the Australian outdoors but would suit any minimal home. Coming in a variety of bold colours, the powder-coated bent steel wire chairs were a stand-out of the fair. The sculptural shapes and geometric-patterned seats look striking in their simplicity.
Now, SP01 has made it’s US debut at New York’s three-week, citywide festival of design, NYCxDesign (until 24 May 2017). For the festival the brand has launched a pop-up concept shop called Over / Under with Brooklyn-based Ladies & Gentleman Studio, another new-to-me name.
Ladies & Gentleman Studio (L&G Studio) is a design studio with a focus on exploration and play. They created minimal furniture, home decor objects, jewellery and lighting designs, but with an added warmth; as they say, ‘seemingly simple, but with well-considered details’. I think I’ll have to do another post on them later, because their lighting is stunning. A match made in heaven with SP01.
The pop-up showcases SPo1’s furniture collections with never-seen-before pieces from L&G Studio. Here are a series of gorgeous vignettes from the shop, pairing SP01’s minimal furniture with the ethereal lighting and sculptures of L&G Studio.
I for one can’t wait for SP01 to come to London in the future!
Images: courtesy SP01
Over / Under is located on the ground floor of XOCO 325, at 325 W. Broadway in SoHo, until 31 May 2017.