Minimal yet full of nuance, Tom Fereday’s upholstered dining chair bespeaks the quality and workmanship of the entire collection developed in collaboration with Hong King retailer Lane Crawford and Stellar Works. With a brief to reinterpret Asian sensibilities for an international audience, the Australian designer bases his Soft chair on a delicate but strong steel structure to contrast with the tactile nature of fabric or leather upholstery. Comfort beckons in the gently curved silhouette and generously proportioned seat and angled backrest.
- 31" h x 18" w x 20" d (78.7x45.7x50.8cm)
- Seat height: 18" (45.7cm)
Powder coated steel, upholstery: fabric or leather
- Fabric A: Divina Melange, Harald, Steelcut Trio
- Fabric B: Field, Main Line Flax, Melange Nap, Messenger, Remix
- Fabric C: Cotton, Era, Linen, Manhattan, Revive 1, Ruby, Medley, Relate
- Leather A: New Castle
- Leather B: Crystal, Milano
- Leather C: Bellagio
- COM and COL available on request
Craftsmanship is at the heart of Stellar Works since a couple of design enthusiasts from France and Japan launched the line in 2013. Operations benefit from Japanese management, while the craftsmanship draws on premium European furniture practices and technical proficiency that comes with the brand’s own state-of-the-art factory in Shanghai, China.
Because Stellar Works controls end to end, it takes great pride in abiding to Japan’s Four-Star standards—the most stringent in the industry worldwide—offering transparency regarding the sourcing of every material, be it leather, metal or fabric, along with ensuring that all woods come from FSC-certified forests.
The line’s urbane sense of materials, colorways and forms is a reflection of a global roster that includes New York designer-architect David Rockwell, Toronto’s Yabu Pushelberg, Copenhagen’s Space Copenhagen and Monaco-based Humbert & Poyet—along with an exacting Asian lens by appointing Chinese duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu—widely known as Neri&Hu—as creative directors for the brand.
Australian by birth and now located in Sydney after an education in England, designer Tom Fereday has turned out everything from both indoor and outdoor furnishings to lighting to electronics and even a wristwatch in his relatively short but much-awarded career. “For me, the process is the same,” he says. “If there is a problem or a project, it must be solved in the most elegant way possible that results in a product that is both desirable and positive.” For him that means celebrating the raw beauty of natural materials and old-school manufacturing techniques, which has led to collaborations with a number of luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and and Lane Crawford.
At A+R, Tom’s work is represented in the debut outdoor range for SP01 as well as refined wood pieces for Stellar Works. “The SP01 Outdoor Collection focuses on bent metal wire as the main material with a mix of marble and wood added in,” he says. “Overall, each piece has a minimal aesthetic but a closer look reveals elegant details that allow this collection to be used indoors as well.” And, the designer adds, he always keeps longevity at top of mind. “I tend to prefer natural colors or quietly subtle, elegant colors that you feel comfortable to look at for a long time,” he says. “Mainly, colors that are not driven by seasonal taste or trends.”