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Conran looks East for inspiration

Firefly Sideboard by Terence Conran for BenchmarkSir Terence Conran launched his latest furniture design, inspired by Japanese Shoji screens, for Benchmark at Decorex.

His Firefly (pictured) takes inspiration from the screens with a natural oak frame and panelled doors. But instead of the traditional paper it uses English porcelain, which with LED technology inside the cabinets, provides a gentle, calming candle-like glow.
Benchmark also launched its first furniture designs by Nathalie de Leval and Daniel Schofield and a table by Steven Owens.
With a bow-back and tapered shape, the Holworth chair by de Leval is available with or without arms. The slenderness of the frame belies its robustness and it has a generous seat emphasised by the low back. It comes in walnut and oak with a natural oiled finish, as well as ebonised oak.
With all unnecessary detailing removed, Schofield’s Lear sideboard is made from oak with a solid patinated brass frame. To avoid distraction from the grain, which runs horizontally along the full width of the piece, the lines of the brass legs continue upwards to form handles for both the drawers and cupboards.
Owens’ Wedmore table extends from 2.2m, seating eight people, to 3.55m, seating 14. Made from solid timber with an oak top and walnut underframe, as it extends, the tapered sides enable diners to stay in visual contact with each other.
‘We are delighted to welcome Daniel and Nathalie into the fold. They both share a respect for materials and clean, honest aesthetics,’ says Sean Sutcliffe, Benchmark co-founder. ‘Their beautifully proportioned and timeless designs made with traditional craft technologies and finishes results in furniture with soul and integrity.’