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URT produced chair at Paris Art and Design

News International-French

9 May 2013

Alex Hull’s Split Chair, engineered by URT, was shown recently at the 2013 Paris Art and Design (PAD) exhibition.

The Split Chair, created by the acclaimed designer at his London-based multidisciplinary studio, features a carbon composite core clad in leather and suede. The use of carbon fibre has allowed Hull to explore a unique, organic design language which brings together contemporary and traditional manufacturing techniques.

To manufacture the composite core, URT called on its previous experience of manufacturing bespoke furniture such as the Terence Woodgate and John Barnard Surface Table, which incorporated an ultra-slender 2mm table top with a seamless leg construction.

Matt Cox, URT’s Founding Director commented: “It’s always exciting to be involved in a project such as this, where our expertise in carbon composites helps to realise the creativity of an exciting design talent. Alex’s design would have been almost impossible to execute using more conventional materials.”

Hull said: “I wanted it [the Split Chair] to appear as if the leather has been separated to reveal a soft unprotected core. I made the piece by shaping the internal composite core using traditional saddlery skills. My work is based on the philosophy of contemporary technology coming together with traditional craftsmanship.”

Hull began his career at the bespoke furniture company, Silverlinings, where he rapidly rose through the ranks to become Head of Design, focusing the company on contemporary design and pushing his craft to the limit.  Hull founded his own studio, where he produces bespoke furniture and artworks, in 2012. His other creations include the Split Sofa and Equus Table.