A highlight of this year’s London Design Festival is the launch of Joined & Jointed, a new design collective dedicated to producing beautifully crafted limited-edition furniture that’s available exclusively online. The festival’s Design Junction show offers a first glimpse of its intelligent debut collection – iPads at the ready for those who want to place an order.
The driving force behind the collective is Samuel Chan, an award-winning furniture designer and founder of contemporary furniture specialist Channels. Guided by the motto “creation through collaboration”, Chan has corralled an international bunch of seven established and emerging designers, craftsmen and production experts to create an impressive collection of 98 designs, whose exceptional quality is achieved through careful artisan production.
What unites these designs is a calm, measured approach, resulting in elegantly proportioned pieces with pure lines and meticulous attention to detail. Take the Huxley writing desk (from £495) by Wales & Wales, which owes its minimal good looks to a combination of sleek edges, precise detailing and contrasting timbers. Another example of classic woodworking is Henrik Sorig’s Homestation desk (from £510), whose covered, in-built channel conceals cabling. Meanwhile, Samuel Chan’s Pallet drawer system (from £1,365) offers the flexibility to increase storage space as needed, as one can create a low cabinet with two stacked pallets or use all six to build a tallboy. Further standout pieces include Simon Pengelly’s capacious Concave bookcase (pictured, from £2,550), Alex Hellum’s organically shaped oak Verge coffee table (from £395), J&J Studio’s Hans dressing table with removable mirror (from £495) and Sean Yoo’s elegantly curved Willow chair (from £350).
These pleasingly unshowy items “don’t follow trend”, as Pengelly puts it. Instead they “have a character born of thoughtful regard to function, materiality and intuitiveness” – a sentiment that chimes perfectly with the desires of contemporary design aficionados.