A profile of the pragmatic American design studio + their latest collection
Carrying on the tradition of high-quality American craftsmanship, New York-based Industrial Design studio Fort Standard designs furniture, lighting and objects in long-lasting natural materials by forging traditional production methods with an innovative approach. The duo behind Fort Standard, Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings, describe their aesthetic as “warm-contemporary,” which is defined by simple, functional and detail-oriented products, the result of an approach to design largely informed by manufacturing capabilities and constraints.
In addition to manufacturing their own designs, Fort Standard designs for brands like Roll & Hill, 1882, SCP, Areaware and All-Clad, always with the same goal of creating long-lasting, highly functional pieces. Fort Standard has added a few new items to its repertoire so far in 2014, including lighting and furniture pieces.
The Framework Collection is the studio’s pioneering self-produced lighting line; thin wooden frames encapsulate flat glass, creating voluminous frameworks for floating, illuminated rings and cone-shaped luminescence, lit by dimmable LEDs.
A traditional mortise and tenon joint is the focal point of the Tenon Coffee Table designed for SCP; the clear glass table top rests on two solid oak panels that form vertical tenons, firmly anchored in the inferior solid oak panel. The beauty of this design lies in its support system and the savvy application of transparent materials which deftly highlight the elegant form of function.
Boiled down to the essentials of functionality, the Range table and bench, both designed and manufactured by Fort Standard, are informal wooden pieces with rounded edges that lend the studio’s trademark “warm-contemporary” feeling to otherwise simple structures.