Stretching the potential of the material and manufacturing processes to the extreme, a young British designer greatly influenced by automotive design from an early age, Jules Sturgess, has launched a range of luxury carbon fiber composite furniture. The designer has pushed the already extraordinary properties of carbon fiber, resulting in bespoke furniture pieces that seemingly defies the laws of physics and has been influenced by the structural design and advanced materials and manufacturing processes used in the world of racing and supercars. Interestingly, the limited edition, handcrafted, carbon furniture items, including the Marea, Amaca, Monolito Megalito, to name a few, has been created through the combination of ultramodern design practices and materials, with traditional handcrafting skills. However, it’s not new to see the furniture crafted out of carbon fiber, as we have earlier seen the contemporary carbon furniture by Mast 3.0 and the carbon fiber chair by Timothy Schreiber.
Available at a price of $23,380, Marea is the first furniture piece in the carbon-fiber collection, which has been inspired by the idea of the human form in suspension and the single motion of a brush stroke.
To best describe, it’s a sleek chaise lounge that strikes a perfect blend of fluid beauty and innate strength. Though, it’s just 4mm thick at its edge, but it possesses the capability to sustain great weight.
Built up of two separate carbon sections that are anchored together at the critical strain point by a central titanium hub, Marea, weighing 17kg, is almost invisible when viewed from the side, taking the traditional form of three chaise lounge to a cantilevered extreme, both from an aesthetic and functional point of view.
And, for those who wish to personalize further, designer Jules Sturgess also offers full bespoke finishing. But, this chaise lounge is only limited to 50 individual pieces, and each piece is carefully crafted by hand from 22 layers of three different weaves of carbon fiber layered at 45 degree angles to build in both longitudinal and transverse flexural strength.
Notably, the furniture piece is only made to order, and no two will ever be the same.
Another piece of furniture is Monolito and Megalito; dramatically cantilevered and spanning three and a half meters, it also appear to defy the laws of physics, and is just 5 mm thick at their tips. With production limited to just 25 individually numbered examples, a full customization service is also provided.
Inspired by the hammock, another furniture piece, the Amaca chaise is inherently very comfortable as it only has one hard point (under the legs) the rest of the body is suspended in a reclined sling that conforms perfectly to the body's shape.