The solid timber forms of Sarah Ellison’s new capsule range are a contrast to the squishy, sensual silhouettes of her breakout SOL collection. Despite the difference in design, La Banda oozes the same sought after trend-of-the-moment that Sarah is so good at capturing.
Comprising a side-table, console and standing screen made of ash and walnut timber, each piece is finished in a distinctive striped motif.
‘I knew that the stripes effect would create quite a lot of noise once placed in a space, so I decided to design secondary furniture pieces such as side-tables and consoles,’ Sarah explains. ‘This would mean they were a dynamic and sculptural accent, rather than the central focus of a space.’ Additionally, hard edges and corners are rounded off and curved across the collection, softening the strong geometry of these eye-catching pieces.
‘La banda‘ translates to ‘the stripe’ in Italian, but here it also refers to the specialist woodworking method used to make the distinctive pattern that wraps every piece in the collection. Banding is a traditional timber finishing technique that sees strips of 5mm timber veneer applied to the finished furniture form and fixed in place to make the striking parallel stripes. Sarah and her team in the workshop tested different tones to work out the best contrast scheme before settling on soft caramel and toffee shades of timber.
To round out the Italian inspiration, how good is the Tuscan wheatfield-inspired campaign shoot, styled by Joseph Gardner? We love!
‘La Banda’ is available for purchase now. See more here.