Furniture designer, Mark Gabbertas, was at the forefront of the renaissance in the British designer/maker movement in the 1990s, before going on to establish The Gabbertas Studio in 2001. Renowned for its experimental approach to new technologies, the studio has earned many accolades for pushing the boundaries of outdoor furniture design in particular.
Many would agree that Mark’s product design has challenged accepted ideas on how outdoor furniture can be designed and used. The studio is considered to be one of the most experienced designers of outdoor furniture, and collaborates with a number of brands in the sector, including Gloster, Chorus, Allermuir, Lyndon and Boss.
Amongst Mark’s broad portfolio is the Sandur chair. Designed for Oasiq, the design is inspired by the children’s game, cat’s cradle, and features a tubular stainless steel frame with a strong and weatherproof rope weave. Available in a variety of options – from an armchair to a high stool or ottoman – and an array of stylish colour combinations, the collection is ideally-suited to any outdoor setting.
Also designed for Oasiq is the CoCo chair. Rooting from a desire to explore the potential of using two simple and graphic planes in juxtaposition, the design allows for a flexible connection between the seat and the back – allowing the backrest to move with the weight of the user. Offered in a variety of shades from a vibrant yellow to olive green, the range is water-resistant and easy to clean.
Recently released is the Twist collection – a collaboration between Gabbertas Studio and Oi Side. Available in a chair, sofa or stool, the collection is defined by its simple lines and intriguing material patterns and details.