During a particularly low point at the end of London Design Festival last month, when I felt as if I would actually throw up if I had to do one more aisle of the exhibition hall, I saw an oasis in the desert. That oasis was the stand of Pinch design, whose beautiful furniture was a welcome sight after three isles of ikat and Swarovski crystals.

I first met Russell Pinch during my time at SCP in London when he was working as a freelance designer for companies like Benchmark, Conran, SCP and even WGSN. Meanwhile, he was also busy establishing his own incredibly successful furniture brand, which he runs with his wife Oona Bannon.

Pinch’s designs fill a very specific gap in the market for furniture that appeals to both lovers of traditional, country style and fans of contemporary design; making it look as at home in an old English cottage as does in an urban loft.

One of my favourite things about Russel and Oona’s work is their attitude to design, they design furniture because they love making things, they love their work and their work has become their life…but in a good way! To hear just how they make this happen, have a look at the video below that was made by Designers Block for the V&A.

The images shown are new pieces from their 2011 collection as well as some Pinch classics. All photos are taken by James Merrell.

Images from top:
Avery chair
Pontus desk, Imo stool and Soren lamp
Willo coffee table, Pendel armchair and Soren lamp
Twig bench

Pendel two seat sofa, Clyde table and Anders lamp

Iona wall mirror

Joyce cabinet, Harper table and Soren lamp

- A.Morris

 

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