Established & Sons has unveiled its new collection in London ahead of this year’s Milan Design Week in a nod to its British heritage. The furniture and lighting has an international outlook, nonetheless, and brings together a formidable line-up of designers – Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Dimitri Bähler, Mauro Pasquinelli and design director Sebastian Wrong – to present its vision for the future. It is Established & Sons’ first furniture collection since co-founder Wrong’s return to the brand last year following a five-year hiatus in which he focussed on personal projects.
“Each piece has been designed and crafted to tell a story and to stand the test of time,” says Wrong. “We want people to fall in love with these timeless new designs and use them in their homes for years to come.” In line with this ethos, there are two pared-back sofas in the series: Cassette (from £3,250, with cushions from £250) by the Bouroullec brothers features deep cushions supported by slim metal frames lending it a sense of lightness, while Konstantin Grcic’s Barbican divan (from £2,000) has a plinth-like base overlaid with memory foam toppers and cushions (from £130) in bold block colours.
Pasquinelli’s stackable Mauro chair (from £410) was first conceived in 1976, but proved too ambitious for commercial production at that time. It is now constructed in Manzano – an area known as Italy’s chair-making district – in European oak or solid ash with a wood or leather seat.
Both Wrong and Swiss designer Dimitri Bähler have created lighting for the collection. Bähler’s Light Light (from £720) features a globe balancing seemingly impossibly on a super-slim 6mm carbon rod, giving it an extraordinary visual lightness. The rod moves when the light is touched, adding a playful element to the design. Wrong’s Filigrana light (from £295), meanwhile, is handmade in Venetian glass and inlaid with coloured stripes of glass that are rolled into the surface using a technique dating back to the 16th century – it casts a soft, ambient glow.
“The collection is true to the spirit of our longstanding commitment to outstanding design, materials, craftsmanship and innovation,” says Wrong. The collection will be showcased during Milan Design Week, which runs from April 17-22.