Known for its durable timber outdoor furniture that is designed and built in Australia, Robert Plumb has expanded its offering by turning to David Harrison of Design Daily. Venturing away from timber furniture that is evident in previous collections, the new Ribbon Collection of outdoor furniture features bent metals.
“Robert Plumb wanted something different to what existed, a product that is visually finer and more streamlined, that in turn attracts a different customer,” David explains. Even though the range is designed primarily for the outdoors, its minimal and contemporary form also ensures a suitable indoor application. With a low and uninterrupted profile, the entire range complements any minimalistic or contemporary indoor or outdoor area.
Taking inspiration from the iconic tubular metal furniture from the Bauhaus movement, the entire range embodies a light and sleek appearance. “The benefit of metal is that spans are greater than in timber,” says David. “This enabled me to move to a much lighter framework and create an uncluttered and open range of furniture pieces with an extremely minimal appearance.
“For me, the concept of a continuous ribbon of metal – a möbius strip with its loop sled legs and the special feature in the armchair of the twist – works visually but is also where you rest your elbows,” David concludes.
Primarily made of 50-millimetre-wide, powder-coated stainless steel or garnet blasted 316 marine grade steel, the four new products within the Ribbon Range include a three-seat sofa, an armchair, a fixed chaise lounge that reclines and a round, square, or rectangular coffee table.
Considering Australia’s extreme climate with the harsh sun and strong UV rays, David paid close attention to material properties in order to increase the product’s lifespan. Each stainless steel base that has been precision bent and hand-welded is finished with an etch-prime paint and a durable polyester powder coat. It is available in 11 different colours with custom options that complement the Linen outdoor fabric collection by Westbury Textiles.
Photography by Prue Ruscoe and Craig Wall
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