Shu-Ying from SP01 is an exhilarating study in contrasts. London-based designer Tim Rundle melds softly gathered upholstery with a clean-lined, smooth exterior. The refined curves of the frame are shaped from industrial-style steel tubing. And while the overall shape harkens back to something imagined from London or Shanghai in the 1920s, the armchair is resolutely contemporary. Myriad upholstery choices in fine aniline leather, lush velvet or premium textiles are available, with frame in powder-coated black or white satin finish or metallic lacquer in brass or pewter.
30.25" h x 30" w x 27" d (77x76x68.8cm)
Seat height: 17" (43cm)
- Fabric Category 10: Madrid, Moscow
- Fabric Category 20: Marrakech, Melbourne, Washington
- Fabric Category 30: Cairo, Florence
- Fabric Category 40: New York, Oslo
- Fabric Category A: Lisbon
- Fabric Category B: Antwerp
Steel, plywood, multi-density polyurethane foam, fabric upholstery
“One of the reasons that we wanted to start SP01 was because we didn't want to be siloed into one kind of ‘Italian’ or ‘Danish’ or ‘Japanese’ style—we wanted to be a bit more flexible,” says SP01 co-founder Matt Lorrain of the design brand that features beautifully detailed, hand-finished furniture conceived in Australia and designed and made in Italy. “If you look at some of our pieces, there are subtle references to mid-century, Art Deco, or even something a little ‘80s,” he adds. “We try to lightly touch on these things but without being ‘retro’ or gimmicky.”
Production in Italy is key to the brand’s mantra of rigorous design and the honest use of materials. “Working with Italians is quite a beautiful thing because they have an atelier-style approach to things and they’re specialists. We do a lot of wood production, for example, but the people who make tables aren’t the same people who make chairs,” Matt explains. “One workshop will work with another workshop and another workshop, and they’ll take joint responsibility to make sure that in the end you get a perfect product.” With tables and seating for both indoors and out as well as sleek storage pieces, SP01’s “perfect product” is as relevant in a New York studio as in a beachside home in California.