New PLANKS collection by Max Lamb
Our new Planks collection by Max Lamb, which includes a dining table, bench, lounge tables, console and shelving unit, launches this week at London Design Festival.
Planks is all about working furniture. Its roots lie in the humble carpenters workbench and 17th and 18th century English country furniture such as boarded chests, box stools and dough troughs. Common to all is the additional function of storage to which legs are attached, providing easily accessible storage and preventing clutter on the working surface.
Max started with with a rigorous understanding of the processes involved from log to boule and then stripped away all superfluous detail. Full width planks are used as the defining feature, both structurally and visually, with the key intention being to make a collection of furniture with utility, strength, durability and economy o material.
Planks acknowledges the fact that a milled tree yields boards of varying widths by utilising multiple sizes in the construction of each piece of furniture. Three wide planks side-by-side offer a generous surface with uninterrupted wood grain whilst the impressive scale of the tree remains visible. Narrower planks are joined to form structural rails to support the top. By adding a fourth plank to the underside, a hidden storage box makes good utility of the otherwise wasted space below the surface. Four simple L-shaped legs, structurally strong yet physically light,connect to the side of the box and support the cantilevered top.
Planks is plain, simple and useful furniture made with well executed and workmanlike techniques. The combination of our craftsmanship with Max Lamb’s lateral approach to design, thoughtful detailing and attention to proportions results in pieces that have both function and beauty.
The new collection is being shown this week as part of FACTORY; The Reunion of Design, Craft and Industry. Co-hosted by The Future Laboratory, it is collaborative show with 1882 Ltd , who will launch designs by Lindsey Edelman & Kiki van Eijk among others. We will share our love of making and our deep knowledge of process and material through hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays.
Events for your diary:
On Tuesday 22nd, we hope you can join us for drinks & oysters from 6pm sponsored by Jamesons Irish Whiskey.
On Wednesday 23rd at 10am, The Future Laboratory curate an engaging talk ‘Can Craft be Synthetic?’ A panel discussion on how craft will adapt in a future of depleted resources, and if the life sciences have the potential to take over design. This event will be hosted by The Future Laboratory, and joined by Riya Patel, Curator at The Aram Gallery and former Senior Editor of Icon magazine, Carole Collet, Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures at Central St Martins and Grant Gibson Editor of Crafts magazine. To attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the event title in the subject line.
The Future Laboratory, 26 Elder Street, London, E1 6BT
22 – 27 September 15 | Tues 10–10 | Wed 10-7 | Thur 10-4 | Fri – Sat 10-7 | Sun 10-4