Studio 180 Monday 01 Oct 2012

"Treasure Collection" is a continuous design project that uses natural and organic materials sourced from Britain wherever possible. It is an exploration of employing different forms of traditional arts and crafts to create contemporary and timeless objects.

"Tran" consists of a sofa and a stool/ low table, born out of the desire to create an honest, handcrafted, beautiful, high quality and eco-friendly sofa, produced from British made natural and organic materials: A rustic and environmentally friendly 21st century furniture.

It is an exploration of the ancient craft of hand weaving by mixing various natural and organic materials to create a rough textured and durable seat and back surface.

Materials used include: Precious British vegetable tanned saddle leather (hand cut leather straps), natural flax twine (hand knotted chains), bespoke braided organic jute cord, twisted eco paper cord and beautifully soft organic hand spun Shetland wool yarn. All the weaving materials are produced by British traditional manufacturers, most of them trading for more than 120 years.

The chunky sofa frame is made from FSC certified British oak, built with no screws, joints bonded with eco glue and finished with natural oils. We used the centuries-old technique of making wood threads by hand to fix the cylindrical wood turned modernistic legs onto the frame. This allows for an easy disassembling when space should be an issue when moving home.

About Studio180° London based atelier& Design studio Studio180° was founded in 2007 by accomplished Swiss artisans and designers, Ladina Hardmeier and Denise Portmann, best friends who met during their education in Zurich/Switzerland.

Their field of work ranges from designing furniture and interiors, to re-designing existing furniture and creating one-off pieces, often made from antiques and vintage furniture, always designed with great attention to detail and finished to the highest standards.

Nature, materials, history and the urban environment build a strong influence on their design concepts and decisions; functionality is combined with beauty and knowledge with intuition.

Contrasting elements are often found in their works, embracing both traditional handcraft skills and high tech materials, which ultimately define their eclectic style.