Nullam Gallery Bench
With the state of the environment being at the forefront of so many areas of the modern life, the design world is no exception. The Nullam Bench represents how sustainable British materials can be utilized to create an item that showcases their abundance of qualities. Fitting for any gallery, museum or public space, North East designer Jack Howard has used a variety of both classic and innovative British materials in the form of native Ash hard wood and contemporary eco-friendly concrete to produce an item of furniture that’s attractive, functional and thought provoking.
With its vibrantly grained, live edged Ash top and contrasting slick, geometric concrete base the Nullam Bench advertises the origin of its unique materials. Using a weight bearing middle column to support the weight of its users and a protruding end base providing a grounding stability the Ash almost seems to float elegantly above the ground below. The designer has considered a vast range of British materials that could best represent the morals of the project and the chosen two allow the user of the bench a real connection to it and offer an inviting area in which to sit in.
Stretching a moderate 2.05m there is ample space for 2-3 adults to sit from either side of the characteristic seat. The flush, stainless steel of the alan key style bolts draw contrast between the materials and demonstrate a look of strength and solidness that can accommodate a range of users.
The 'North Chair' offers comfortable, attractive and unique seating for any dining environment. Using strong grained British Ash the wood appears almost encouraged into the natural curved form that creates the back leg through to the upper back rest. With a curved angled seat and reasonably upright top the 'North Chair' promotes proper posture for eating and would be a welcome addition to any restaurant, cafe or home.